Everyone is crazy about it - recipe for chocolate & speculoos dream pieces (2024)

Wow, these are delicious! And then so easy to bake. Dream pieces are extremely popular - here I now have more variants with speculoos or chocolate tonka beans.

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Everyone is crazy about it - recipe for chocolate & speculoos dream pieces (1)

On the way to Advent - I have a new recipe with me and will give you a look behind the scenes. And just take a look at these dream pieces! Did you recognize her straight away? The shape is identical, but the color is not what you know?

That's right, because these are incredibly delicious speculoos dream pieces as well as another variant with chocolate and tonka beans! I could lie down in the cookie jar and inhale the scent. So if you have already baked dream pieces and are as in love with the recipe as I am, then definitely try these two varieties.

A new recipe for dream pieces – chocolate & speculoos

If you alreadyDream piecesIf you've baked it, you know how easy the recipe is! It is a delicate butter pastry that is rolled in powdered sugar after baking. And you can really pimp up the classic dream pieces!

I wanted to bake these two new types of dream pieces last year, but suddenly it was Christmas and there was no chance anymore. I love this delicate shortbread and my readers are obviously crazy about it too. After I already have the recipe forMarzipan dream piecespublished last year, a variant with speculoos spice definitely couldn't be missed. And so I baked the most ingenious dream pieces ever!

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1.1 An insight into my blog statistics!

1.2 Preparing the dream pieces is child's play - we promise!

1.3 Preparation of the dream pieces

1.4 Attention – my powdered sugar mega fail

1.5 Another topping idea – try it out and report back

1.6 Do you already know my Christmas books?

2 speculoos dream pieces

2.1 Ingredients

2.1.1 For the Spekulatius dream pieces

2.1.2 For the chocolate dream pieces

2.2 Instructions

2.3 Video

2.4 Notes

3 My favorite Christmas classics

3.1 Nougat Tuffs - the best Nutella Christmas cookies (also for the Thermomix)

3.3 Marzipan clouds (also for the Thermomix)

3.4 Delicate shortbread - chocolate-vanilla cookies

3.5 Italian almond biscuits - no Christmas without cantuccini

3.6 The best soft gingerbread cookies - be careful, addictive!

3.7 Chocolate Walnut Taler

3.8 Cinnamon Rolls with cream cheese topping

3.9 Cinnamon Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

3.10 To pin on Pinterest

But as you have probably gathered from the pictures, today there is not just one recipe for dream pieces, there are two! I couldn't decide which version to bake so I just made both. So I simply divided the dough into 2 equal portions and baked 2 different recipes from them.

This is how the two ingenious variants for speculoos dream pieces and chocolate tonka bean (a real tongue twister) were created. So if you only want to bake one of the two dream pieces variants, simply double the ingredients.

An insight into my blog statistics!

Today I decided to give you a little insight into my real blog statistics – a “behind the scenes” so to speak. I'll tell you my clicks - to be precise, the clicks of my readers. These have grown so dramatically this year and have practically quadrupled within 6 months.

And this despite the fact that I'm on parental leave (unbelievable but true - I have less time than ever to create content) and have taken a real break in between to enjoy family time.

What makes me extremely happy and proud - I actually had over 1,000,000 million page views last month and reached ½ million readers. I can't really believe it myself - in just 30 days!!!

The dream pieces are clicked so often before Christmas!

One of the reasons for this success is mineDream pieces, which have been clicked diligently since September and are now reaching their peak in November - over 4,000 clicks every day in the last week. There were over 75,000 page views within the last 30 days. WOW!!! I say everyone is crazy about the dream pieces.

Preparing the dream pieces is child's play - we promise!

These ingredients are required

  • Flour
  • egg yolk
  • vanilla sugar
  • Zucker
  • Speculoos spice(for the speculoos variant)
  • Cocoa(for the chocolate version)
  • Tonka bean(for the chocolate version)
  • powdered sugar(for rolling)

(You can find all the quantities in the full recipe at the end of the post)

Preparing the chocolate and speculoos dream pieces is super easy. First the eggs are separated. In this recipe for the dream pieces, only the egg yolk is needed. So it's best to find a suitable recipe for the protein in advance so that you can use it optimally.

It doesn't have to be right away either, you can store the egg whites in the fridge and use them the next day. There are such great recipes for macarons and meringues –Here you can find my selection.

Preparation of the dream pieces

Cut the butter into cubes and mix all the ingredients into a dough. I prefer to use the food processor for this - then I have both hands free to continue working or cleaning up at the same time.

If you now want to bake both types, then divide the dough portion into 2 equal parts and stir in the speculoos or chocolate ingredients in each. If you only want to bake speculoos or just chocolate dream pieces - double the information below in the recipe (speculoos spice or cocoa and tonka bean).

I bought a grater for the tonka beans, but you should watch your fingers. You can use it to grate the tonka beans super finely.

Now wrap the dough, formed into a ball, in cling film and put it in the fridge. A few minutes are enough to make it easier to process.

Then divide the dough into smaller portions and form 1-2 centimeter thick “sausages” out of them. You can use a knife to divide the dream pieces into pieces of any size. Mine are 2-3 cm wide. The tip from a reader that was recently left as a comment under the dream pieces is great and I would like to share it with you:

Place the chilled dough rolls on an oven rack and press them down with a wide knife or spatula. This way you get even pieces.

Now place the dream pieces on a baking tray lined with baking paper. The dream pieces stay in shape and don't run apart, so you don't need to leave large gaps between them.

Now bake the dream pieces at 180 degrees for a maximum of 15 minutes and then let them cool completely. Now you can roll them in powdered sugar and seal them airtight in a cookie jar.

Warning – my powdered sugar mega fail

Every year I think “I know this recipe by heart” and then it ends up happening again and again. I roll the warm dream pieces fresh from the oven in powdered sugar until I realize “not a good idea” because the powdered sugar becomes soft and yellow – not nice. So the powdered sugar is scraped off the dream pieces again and I then have to run them through the powdered sugar again. This is always annoying and just a waste of time 😉 So my tip – read the recipe and then start!

Another topping idea – try it out and report back

Later it occurred to me that I could have rolled the speculoos dream pieces in cinnamon sugar, preferably warm, when they have just come out of the oven... Too late, but I'll try it next time - like mineSnickerdoodles. Feel free to try it out and tell me and my readers if it worked and if you find it just as delicious as with powdered sugar!

Do you already know my Christmas books?

In my two Christmas books you will find the 60 most popular recipes from my blog.

Marzipan, honey and nuts are indispensable in the run-up to Christmas. My readers also diligently bake my recipes every year. I published the 30 most popular recipes from the last few years in my first book.

After the first Christmas book was such a great success, part 2 now follows. This book is also full of delicious Christmas recipes that are particularly popular on my blog.

Both books are available both as an e-book and in printed form.

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Speculoos dream pieces

Wow, these are delicious! And then so easy to bake. Dream pieces are extremely popular - here I now have more variants with speculoos or chocolate tonka beans.

Ingredients

  • 500 g Flour
  • 5 Piece Egg yolk* see note below
  • 250 g Butter
  • 2 parcel vanilla sugar
  • 150 g Zucker

For the Spekulatius dream pieces

  • 2 TL Speculoos spice

For the chocolate dream pieces

  • 2 HE Cocoa
  • 1/2 Tonkabohne grated

Powdered sugar for rolling

    Instructions

    • Separate the eggs and mix the egg yolks with the (diced) butter and the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl to form a dough. Divide the dough into 2 equal halves. Add the speculoos spice to the first part and knead it in.

    • Form the dough into a ball with your hands and wrap it in cling film and place it in the fridge for a few minutes.

    • For the second half, finely grate the tonka beans and knead them into the dough with the cocoa. Form a ball and place it in the fridge wrapped in cling film.

    • Then form 1-2 cm thick sausages from the dough. Cut these into 2-3 cm long pieces (depending on your taste) with a knife and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. The small pieces of dough do not rise any further, so there is no need to keep a large distance.

    • Bake in the oven at 180 degrees top/bottom heat for 15 minutes and then let cool on a cake rack. Only when the small cookies have almost cooled down, roll them all around in the powdered sugar. Store the dream pieces airtight in a biscuit tin.

    Video

    notes

    You can find a selection of great recipes with protein here.

    My favorite Christmas classics

    Everyone is crazy about it - recipe for chocolate & speculoos dream pieces (15)

    Nougat Tuffs - the best Nutella Christmas cookies (also for the Thermomix)

    Everyone is crazy about it - recipe for chocolate & speculoos dream pieces (16)

    Everyone is crazy about it - recipe for chocolate & speculoos dream pieces (17)

    Marzipan clouds (also for the Thermomix)

    Everyone is crazy about it - recipe for chocolate & speculoos dream pieces (18)

    Delicate shortbread - chocolate-vanilla cookies

    Everyone is crazy about it - recipe for chocolate & speculoos dream pieces (19)

    Italian almond biscuits - no Christmas without cantuccini

    Everyone is crazy about it - recipe for chocolate & speculoos dream pieces (20)

    The best soft gingerbread cookies - be careful, addictive!

    Everyone is crazy about it - recipe for chocolate & speculoos dream pieces (21)

    Chocolate walnut thalers

    Everyone is crazy about it - recipe for chocolate & speculoos dream pieces (22)

    Cinnamon rolls with cream cheese topping

    Everyone is crazy about it - recipe for chocolate & speculoos dream pieces (23)

    Cinnamon chocolate oatmeal cookies

    To pin on Pinterest

    Everyone is crazy about it - recipe for chocolate & speculoos dream pieces (2024)

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