Recipe for Taai Taai (Traditional Dutch Cookie)



Taai Taai is a traditional cookie that is eaten during the Sinterklass, the most beloved of all Dutch holidays and traditions.  Literally meaning “tough tough”, they are not easy to chew but they are guaranteed to speed up a visit from the tooth fairy if your children have wobbly teeth!

Nerissa, Reservations Manager



250g flour
100g honey
1 tablespoon syrup
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon  ground aniseed
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves


Preheat the oven to 160 degrees.

  1. Warm the honey in a pan and stir in the syrup.  Remove from heat.
  2. Put the dry ingredients into the mix.
  3. Knead until it is quite stiff and roll out.
  4. Use a gingerbread man cutter to make dolls from the dough and place on a greaseproof paper lined baking tray.
  5. Bake in the oven for approximately 25 minutes, or until light golden brown.

One Response to “Recipe for Taai Taai (Traditional Dutch Cookie)”

  1. Dutch Christmas Traditions « Paris Blog, Travel Blog, Travel Tips – Paris Perfect says:

    […] we celebrate Sinterklaas, which is the Dutch celebration of St Nicholas.   I cook Pepernoten and Taai Taai, traditional Dutch treats that our little ones love.  On the night of 5 December the children […]

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