Nankie-land cookies


After a couple of weeks of house-sitting for friends and waiting for a bus-part to be sorted we are back on the bus.  It feels great to be home again!  Staying in a house felt very luxurious I have to say after our wee 9 m bus however ‘there is no place like home’  even if it is a wee one on wheels. 🙂

Before we left to house-sit I saw a recipe that my Mum which I thought I would try.  Unfortunately though I somehow lost the copy I wrote so it has had to wait until today.  It seemed very appropriate though as the recipe calls for the Dutch Speculaas Spice and seeing as it is a good (Dutch) friend’s birthday today it seemed only right that I should be trying it out today.  The name I have given the cookies comes from her as my eldest kept saying she came from Nankie-land rather than Netherlands.


Crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle … ready to gobble.

As usual I have adapted it … sorry I just can’t help myself … to fit with what we had in the cupboards on the bus and our tastes.  Amazingly I brought a half used bottle of golden syrup with us and while I didn’t have all the spices to make a good Speculaas Spice (cinnamon, cloves, mace, ginger, white pepper, cardamom, coriander, anise and nutmeg) mix I will definitely hunt them out next shopping trip.  You can be sure that I will update you if the results are yummier! What follows is my version of the ‘Sugar and Spice’ Cookies found in the Ellesmere Echo (Feb 2014).

Nankie-land Cookies

200 gm Butter

1/4 Cup runny honey

1/4 Cup golden syrup

1 Egg

2 Cups Flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp nutmeg

  • Melt butter in a pot and stir in honey and golden syrup until blended
  • Add egg and mix in thoroughly.
  • Add dry ingredients and mix again.
  • Bake at 175 C for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Enjoy!

Hope this finds you all enjoy the spices of life.




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