December 1, 2017

Monthly Mystery Munchies #30: Dutch Bitterkoejes

Would you believe it?!

Our Monthly Mystery Munchies has now hit the BIG Three-O! On the first day and first Friday of the month as well as on the last month of 2017, too. That’s not to say this monthly feature is getting old or that it will be the last MMM, mind you. Far from it!


Rather, this marked quite a milestone of how 2 strangers became friends and bond over food from WordPress Blogging University more than 2 years back. What makes this more incredible is that we also mark thirty months worth of recipes.

And between Gen and me, I don’t think we’ll stop mucking about in the kitchen. Which means, more recipes to experiment with. 

What have we got for this month you ask?

Well. Gen came up with a challenge to make something with almonds. It could be anything she said…as long as there’s almonds and it could be as simple as using almonds as decor. Problem?

Geen problem. Hakuna Matata. Worry not. No problem.

Or so I thought. 

My biggest problem came about with what do I make because there I could make with almonds. And I mean, PLENTY. From dishes, to cakes, to puddings, to sweets to bread…!So many almond recipes out there that I had such a hard time choosing one!

In the end, Silver Bullet helped me decide: Dutch Bitterkoekjes. Pronounced as bittercookies and they are these:

All mixed-in
Homemade Bitterkoekjes

They are somewhat related to macarons, taste like marzipan, almost pepernoten-like and very much a typical Dutch classic. It’s chewy on the inside, NOT bitter and incredibly easy to make. 

Make no mistake. By “incredibly easy”, I mean 4-ingredients-done-in-15 -minutes-incredibly-so-super-easy you can make them with your eyes closed! I kid you not.

Dutch Bitterkoejes
Yields 20
A deliciously chewy, almond-nie home-made classic Dutch cookies
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 150g almond meal
  2. 150g icing sugar (or powdered sugar)
  3. 2 egg whites
  4. 1 tspn almond extract
  5. 50g almond slivers
  1. Preheat oven to 190 degree celcius
  2. Line a baking tray with greased baking paper
  3. Mix the almond meal with the powdered sugar
  4. In a mixer, add in the egg whites and almond extract. Mix well.
  5. Add the slivers of almonds
  6. With a small spoon, mound the batter onto the tray
  7. Bake for 9-10 minutes
  8. When done, leave it out to cool and store in an air-tight container
  1. If you love almond cookies, this batch would probably last you the hour. If so, make more!
Adapted from 24 Kitchen
Adapted from 24 Kitchen
Grubbs n Critters
See? Told you it was THAT easy.

I wish though I have a better explanation for you as to why it is called Bitterkoekjes…but alas, I have none. Na-da. Non-translatable. The same thing why the Dutch called their deep fried balls bitterballen = I have no idea why.

Ready for Gen? Me too! Come let’s go to where Eat, Play, Clove would be featuring her almond creation and check out what Gen is sharing with us this month. 


Monthly Mystery Munchies features every first Friday of the month in collaboration with Gen, Author of Eat, Play, Clove. Stay tuned with next month’s edition from the Grubbs ‘n Critters’ Kitchen!


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  1. Robbie Cheadle

    These cookies look delicious, Ann. They are also gluten free which is a plus.

    • They are quite delish! The kids don’t like it though, but that just means more for the adults! ;p Thanks Robbie. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. x.

  2. Gen

    Can you believe it – 30 MMM! Here’s to another 30! Thank you for being my fearless blogging wife!
    This recipe looks and sounds delicious, and I dig the decor! You’re really embracing the Dutch culture and cuisine and it shows in your cooking. Wonderful recipe, heel goed!
    Have a lovely weekend. XOXO

    • I know right! That’s what I was thinking as well. Big THREE-O! And thank YOU too for being my other half.It’s been amazing!!! 😀
      It’s a great recipe and so easy too. Heel veel goed! The Dutch has got some awesome recipes when it comes to sweets and they really excel at bakes, cakes and deep fried stuff. My kind of thing! Baaaaaad! :p

      Wishing you a lovely weekend too. Gen! xoxoxo.


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