Regional cooking in the Netherlands: Arnhemse meisjes

Arnhemse meisjes

Arnhemse meisjes (girls from Arnhem)

I told you earlier that I have a weak spot for those cities and regions in the Netherlands that proudly connect their name to a local delicacy… Like the Arnhemse Meisjes.

It can sometimes be a little hard to find out where the origin of a certain dish or – as in this case – cookie comes from. Apparently this particular cookie was invented back in 1829 by a bakery named Hagdorn. The baker made them for the first time in honour of his newborn girl. Which is where the name Arnhemse meisjes came from.

Arnhemse meisjes

These days you can buy them when you’re in Arnhem under the name of Arnhem biscuits. That probably made more sense than to name them Arnhem girls. The cookies are not hard to make or at least my simple version of the original is not easy to make. Traditionally it was made with yeasted dough but I chose to use puff pastry as the base.

They’re delicious served with a good cup of tea or coffee. Check the recipe for Arnhemse meisjes below!

Arnhemse meisjes

Arnhemse meisjes

Easy to make at home is this recipe for Arnhemse meisjes!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course cookies
Cuisine Dutch
Servings 12 cookies


  • 5 sheets of puff pastry squares of 10 x 10 cm
  • 200 gr vanilla sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cardemom
  • zest of half a lime


  • Take your puff pastry from the freezer and defrost.
  • Sprinkle some flour on the kitchen counter. Stack the sheets of puff pastry on top of each other and roll them out with a rolling pin. You want those five sheets to end up being as thin as one sheet.
  • Using a round or oval form press into the puff pastry and try to be as economical doing that as possible. You want to have as many cookies as you can.
  • Mix the vanilla sugar with the cinnamon, cardemom and limezest in a little bowl
  • Remove the flour from the counter and sprinkle with a bit of the sugar mix.
  • Brush your puff pastry with a little bit of eggwash and than dip into the sugar mix and roll them softly to press the sugar in.
  • Put your sugary puff pastry on a baking sheet (greased or with baking paper) and leave the dough to rest for about 20 to 25 minutes. this will make the cookies even crisper.
  • Preheat the oven in the meantime to 180 C and put the baking tray in the oven.
  • bake the cookies golden brown in about 25 minutes and make sure the sugar is caramelised nicely
  • And voila, Girls from Arnhem with an Almeerse twist
Keyword arnhem, cookies

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