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Kruidnoten (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkrœytnoːtə(n)] (About this sound listen)) are a cookie-like confectionery, traditionally associated with the early December Sinterklaas holiday in the Netherlands.

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A bag of kruidnoten
Type Biscuit
Place of origin Netherlands
Main ingredients Flour and spices
Variations Covered in any kind of chocolate
Cookbook: Kruidnoten  Media: Kruidnoten

The term kruidnoten is often confused with pepernoten.[1][2] Kruidnoten, which translates to "spice nuts" in English, are harder, have a different colour and shape, and are made with the same ingredients as speculaas.[3]

Another variety of kruidnoten, called chocolade-kruidnoten, are covered in either dark, milk, or white chocolate.[4]


  1. ^ "Pepernoten / kruidnoten: Noem je het bekende strooigoed nu pepernoten of kruidnoten? Of is daar een verschil tussen?" (in Dutch). Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Pepernoten of kruidnoten?" (in Dutch). Radio Nederland Wereldomroep. 21 November 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Waarom worden kruidnoten tegenwoordig pepernoten genoemd?" (in Dutch). Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Chocolade kruidnoten". (in Dutch). 11 November 2008. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 

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