It's a French Fridays with Dorie two-fer! I was on vacation last week and didn't have a chance to write a post about the Speculoos I made before I left.
I had some issues with the Speculoos. The dough was too sandy and wouldn't come together even after chilling. I kept thinking that the recipe should have called for an egg. More on that on a minute. I rolled out the dough, cut out a few small cookies and tossed the remaining mess. Fully expecting these to be a disaster, I was extremely pleased to find the cookies were delicious! Crunchy and full of warm cinnamony/gingery flavor! My daughter commented they tasted like Biscoff cookies, those yummy treats Delta often hands out on their flights. I kicked myself for not being more patient and throwing out half the cookie dough.
Fast foward a couple of weeks and while reading through other blog posts about Speculoos, I remembered the ERRATUM! My baking instincts were correct - the batter should have had an egg. So, I can't wait to try these again with the corrected recipe because they were pretty dang good even with my goof up!
The Sweet & Spicy Nuts were just okay. I like to make David Lebovitz's Candied Peanuts (or almonds or pecans) around the holidays and was excited to try a spicier version of a candied nut. While they tasted fine, I thought they were kind of generic and lacking a bit in spice and heat. I followed the recipe to a tee, and even hand picked each of the pecans out of the batter. I thought this step was a bit tedious especially since I still had to seperate the nuts after baking. Not a bad recipe by any means, just not what I was hoping for.