Every Aldi fan has their favorite products they love to tell others about. It might be the “red bag” chicken or the halloumi fries. Or during the holiday season, it might be the Aldi spekulatius cookies. These cookies are sold under the Aldi Winternacht private label, which includes a variety of holiday cookies and chocolates. In the German language, winternacht means “winter night.”
Winternacht Spekulatius Spiced Cookies cost $2.99 for a 21.16-package at the time of publication. This is a product of Germany.
To the best of my knowledge, these are a Seasonal Favorite at Aldi, which means they should stick around in stores for longer than an Aldi Find, but they won’t be at Aldi forever. Most likely, they’ll be at Aldi through the holiday season. Keep in mind that Aldi does not offer online ordering for its specials after they’re gone from your local store.
German spekulatius is a spiced shortcrust biscuit (or cookie, if you’re in the United States) that is popular during the Christmas season. The name varies somewhat depending on what country it’s being served in, but these cookies are a favorite not just in Germany but also in France, Denmark, Belgium, and the Netherlands, and also in Indonesia. The name comes from a Latin term for “mirror,” because the cookies are created in molds that produce a mirror image.
Like other varieties of shortbread, these cookies don’t rise much when they bake. Spices used in spekulatius include cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cardamom, and white pepper. (Although Aldi does not specify what spices go into their spekulatius.) Something else that is a key component of spekulatius is that each cookie bears an image or stamp related to the story of St. Nicholas. The Aldi cookies come in shapes that include windmills, a man with a pack on his back (presumably St. Nicholas?), and various animals.
Aldi spekulatius ingredients are wheat flour, sugar, vegetable oil (palm), caramelized sugar syrup, spices, leavening (sodium bicarbonate), and salt.
If you’re watching out for allergens, these contain wheat. They may contain milk, peanuts, or almonds.
There are 20 three-cookie servings per package. One serving will net you 150 calories, 6 grams of total fat (7% DV), 105 mg of sodium (5% DV), 12 grams of total carbohydrates (7% DV), 1 gram of dietary fiber (2% DV), 8 grams of added sugars (16% DV), and 2 grams of protein.
Aldi spekulatius spiced cookies have a taste and texture similar to gingerbread cookies. They’re crisp, with plenty of cinnamon and spice flavor. They have a classic Christmas taste and smell. These spekulatius are delicious on their own, and they also pair well with a hot cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa. Perfect for enjoying on a winternacht, or winter night.
Winternacht Spekulatius Spiced Cookies are a crisp spiced shortbread cookie with a classic Christmas flavor, and they come in unique shapes. These German cookies are a must-add for your Aldi shopping list this holiday season.