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A bag of kruidnoten
Type Biscuit
Place of origin Netherlands

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

People sometimes confuse kruidnoten with pepernoten.[1][2] Kruidnoten (literally, "spice nuts"), are harder, have a different colour and shape and are made using the same ingredients used for making speculoos.[3]

There is another variety of kruidnoten called chocolade-kruidnoten. These are regular kruidnoten covered in either milk, dark or white chocolate.[4]


  1. ^ "Pepernoten / kruidnoten: Noem je het bekende strooigoed nu pepernoten of kruidnoten? Of is daar een verschil tussen?" (in Dutch). Genootschap OnzeTaal ( 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.