Sharon Tyler Herbst says right up front on this Dutch recipe that before trying Sint Nikolaas Koekjes she did not care much for spice cookies, but that these won her over. Well. Imagine how much those of us who enjoy spice cookies love these!
The butter, sour cream and finely ground walnuts that make these cookies super-rich also make the dough a little difficult to handle. The results are worth the effort, however, of hand-rolling the dough into balls and flattening each with the bottom of a glass. Brushed with egg white, sprinkled with sugar, and laden with allspice, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon, they are crisp and sweet and spicy. Saint Nicholas cookies in September… Yum!