I was so inspired by the local Fire Department's visit and immediately started baking cookies. Spekulaas, the traditional Dutch cookie, made popular in the 1700's when spices became more available to the public. A great variety of recipes has surfaced through time and this is just one of them. The smoke alarm went off like clockwork, but I had the opportunity to wave my new HEMA tea towels through the air. No longer am I annoyed with it's mechanical warning, instead it puts a smile on my face and a slight blush on my cheeks.