These are gingery and crunchy—just like good gingersnaps should be. They keep well, too, making them great for baking in advance and freezing or for mailing.
In Holland, speculaas often are molded into the shapes of windmills, people, or St. Nick figures. Similar cookies are popular in Belgium and Germany.
For eating (rather than building), this gingerbread is delicious. It can be rolled and cut into any shapes you like, although gingerbread men (not to mention women and kids) are the traditional holiday treat.