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Speculoos/ Biscoff cookies vs ginger snaps

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Please enlighten me on the difference. I know the former are Belgian and Dutch in origin and have patterns on them but is the taste that much different? Maybe ginger snaps have a more pronounced ginger flavour?

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  1. Exactly it.

    Ginger snaps have a decidedly ginger flavor, whereas speculoos are more cinnamon and have a "sugar and spice" feeling. For as much speculoos as I've eaten, I've never made them - so I don't know if there's any ginger in the recipe - but if there is, it's much more of an accent flavor.

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    1. re: cresyd

      Speculoos do have ginger in them but yeah, it's not the predominant flavor.

    2. Hugely, vastly different flavors.

      The top flavor in speculoos is cinnamon, but it's in a blend of lots of spices.

      Compare a couple of recipes -- you'll see it right away.

      1. If I'm not mistaken, speculoos are also quite a bit more buttery than ginger snaps, which are kinda dry.

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        1. re: C70

          no, speculoos are thin and crispy, too.

          1. re: sunshine842

            Oh. Then the ones I have had must have been fantastic bastardizations of the original! Crispy, but rich and buttery too.

        2. It's specula, the plural of speculum, not speculoos.

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