Pepernoten are eaten in the Netherlands when Sinterklaas and his Zwarte Pieten are coming to Holland to visit all the Dutch kids. His birthday, celebrated on the fifth day of December, is a huge holiday.
- Preheat the oven to 320°F (160°C)
- Cream the butter and sugar. Add the speculaas spice mix.
- Incorporate the flour and milk to make a dough. Make very very small, marble sized, balls.
- Bake on the middle rack for 10-15 minutes, until golden.
Speculaas spice mix
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg;
1 teaspoon ground cloves;
1 teaspoon cinnamon;
1/2 teaspoon ground aniseed;
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger