Kruidnootjes cake pie for Sinterklaas (a Dutch holiday) with a kruidnootjes shell. Kruidnootjes are lovely small Dutch spiced cookies, taste a bit like ginger snaps and look like Italian amaretti. This pie has a layer of almond paste and a layer of kruidnootjes flavored butter cake.
Last week, I asked you guys on my instagram which kruidnootjes recipe you wanted me to share first and over 80% of you chose this kruidnootjes cake pie. So here I am with the recipe. My first Sinterklaas recipe this year: Kruidnootjes Cake Pie. Woohooh! A slice of this pie tastes amazing with a cup of hot tea. The main ingredient in this pie are kruidnootjes. Kruidnootjes are Dutch cookies that are eaten for Sinterklaas, a Dutch holiday. Although the cookies look like amaretti but are a lot more crunchy. In addition, they smell so good due to all the spices. So GOOD! If you ever come to The Netherlands, definitely get a bag (or two).
Kruidnootjes Cake Pie
The kruidnootjes shell of this pie is filled with a layer of almond paste and topped with a layer of fragrant kruidnootjes cake batter. The cookie (kruidnootjes) base has a slight caramel flavor and is fragrant from the spices. I purposely kept the almond paste layer thin, because almond paste is quite strong in flavor and you don’t want to overpower the kruidnootjes flavor. Although this pie looks like my frangipane from 2015, the kruidnootjes flavor in this pie is stronger.
Kruidnootjes and substitutes
The base of this Kruidnootjes Cake Pie needs kruidnootjes and butter. Kruidnootjes are Dutch biscuits, sold from september until december/januari in The Netherlands. It’s a delicacy to celebrate “Sinterklaas”. Some countries in Europe also sell kruidnootjes. As for other countries: Amazon sells kruidnootjes. However, the price on Amazon is downright ridiculous: $25 for a small bag!!! (A small bag costs about €1-2 in The Netherlands.) I’m in no position to tell you what to do, but $25 for a small bag is seriously c-r-a-z-y in my opinion! If you want to make this recipe but don’t have kruidnootjes, sub the kruidnootjes with an equal weight of Biscoff biscuits or ginger snaps. Biscoff biscuits taste more like kruidnootjes than gingersnaps do. The results will be just as delicious but so much cheaper than Amazon!
Store-bought almond paste
For the almond paste layer, I use store-bought almond paste. I prefer store-bought almond paste over homemade because:
- Homemade almond paste needs a large amount of blanched almonds (or almond meal), which makes homemade almond paste quite expensive.
- Homemade almond paste contains raw egg white and I’m a bit iffy about using raw eggs (salmonella and such). Store-bought almond paste uses pasteurised eggs, so I prefer the store-bought paste.
If you prefer homemade over store-bought, make your own almond paste. However, I’ve never tried it myself to be honest.
- 360 g kruidnootjes*
- 120 g unsalted butter, melted
- 160 g almond paste
- 120 g all-purpose flour
- 60 g kruidnootjes*
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 125 g unsalted butter, softened
- 125 g caster sugar
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- Preheat the oven to 160C.
- In a blender or food processor, blend the kruidnootjes/cookies until you have a fine powder.
- Set aside about 60g of the fine powder. Mix the remaining cookie powder with the melted butter.
- Tightly press the cookie-butter mixture in a 20cm pie/tart pan (preferably with loose bottom).
- Press a layer of almond paste on top of the cookie base. Set aside.
- In a bowl, mix the flour, cookie powder and baking powder. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the eggs one by one.
- Beat in the flour mixture until just mixed. Take care not to overmix.
- Pour the batter in the pie shell and decorate with additional kruidnootjes.
- Bake the pie 45-50min at 160C or until a cake tester comes out clean.
- Let the pie cool completely before cutting.
- * Or an equal amount of Biscoff cookies or ginger snaps