It’s almost ‘SINTERKLAAS’ in Holland. That means we eat lots of ‘pepernoten’ aka spice cookies. I’m really obsessed with these little cookies. I went to the local bakery to try theirs and asked for the recipe, because I wanted to make them by myself of course! Well… Here it is! Definitely better than store-bought cookies…:)

    PREPTIME  10 minutes

    COOKTIME  20-25 minutes

    PORTION about 75 cookies 


  • 160 grams of whole wheat flour
  • 120 grams of almond flour
  • 80 grams of coconut blossom sugar
  • 3 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice or ‘speculaaskruiden’
  • 8 tbsp. melted coconut oil
  • 5 tbsp. almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 175 C. Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix whole wheat flour, almond flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and salt.
  3. Add melted coconut oil and vanilla extract and mix until all combined. When mixture is too dry, add more milk. If too wet, add more flour.
  4. Mix well until all combined and wet your hands to roll little marble-sized balls of dough.
  5. Place the dough balls on the cookie sheet. Using your thumb, gently press down on each ball to flatten slightly.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes until light brown.
  7. When you remove the cookies from the oven, they feel a little soft. Allow them to cool, then they’ll feel crunchy.
These are the most popular cookies in Holland during Sinterklaas, so give this easy recipe a try and let me know how it turned out for you! Do you have a good recipe for the holidays? Let me know in the comments below, and maybe I’ll try it!



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Hi there! My name is Lenna. I’m a dutch Nutrition & Dietetics student, recipe developer and a lover of real, simple and balanced food.

Currently, I’m in recovery from an eating disorder and I have this blog to show the world there’s always a way out. My goal is to inspire others with my story and recipes and to give support to create a healthy relationship with food. Thanks for stopping by, I hope inspire you in one way or another! LET’S SPREAD THE LOVE FOR FOOD!

xx Lenna

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