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Cookies & sheet cake

18 november 2015

OK. A little test before you read further: do you know which type of nuts are used in such a delicious, old-fashioned chatter?...

Chat heads

OK. A little test before you read further: do you know which type of nuts are used in such a delicious, old-fashioned chatter? I'm curious. When you're ready, you'll find the answer safely beneath this photo.

They're almonds!

And? Did you get it right? Not me. I'm deeply ashamed, but I always thought they were peanuts. Then that simple Old Dutch cookie turns out to be a little more sophisticated than I thought.

An Old Dutch cookie comes with a bit of history. The kletskop is derived from the 'tilting', a similar cookie without almonds that baker's students used to have to bake as a test before they were allowed to join the guild. The name of the chatterhead seems to be derived from a nasty head disease. I prefer to call the cookies that way, because they splatter across the baking tray when you bake them. Simmering and bubbling through the heated sugar. And they are incredibly easy to make. So just do it, make these tasty gingerbread cookies.

Source piece of history:Dutch Bakery Museum

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OK. A little test before you read further: do you know which type of nuts are used in such a delicious, old-fashioned chatter?...




  • 60 grams unsalted butter
  • 150 grams of light brown caster sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • 60 grams of flour
  • 60 grams of almonds
  • Pinch of salt
  • Half teaspoon of cinnamon


  1. Take a bowl and mix the flour, salt and cinnamon together. Set aside for a moment. Then chop the almonds into small pieces and also set aside.
  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper and preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  3. Take a saucepan and melt the butter over medium heat. When the butter has melted, turn off the heat and add the caster sugar. Stir this well until it is completely mixed and then add the water.
  4. Now mix in the flour mixture in parts and keep stirring well so that no lumps form. Finally, add almonds. The mixture will probably still be quite thin, but it should be thick enough to form flat mounds on the baking sheet. If it is still too thin, leave it for a few minutes and it will thicken automatically.
  5. Now use a large teaspoon to make mounds on the baking tray, approximately the size of a 2 euro coin (not smaller). Keep sufficient distance, because the crackers will spread a lot during baking. About 9 mounds fit on the baking tray. Then bake for 6-8 minutes. Keep a close eye on them, because they quickly become too dark. Do you see them chatting?
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool until set. Repeat until you run out of batter!

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  1. Oh really with almonds? I also made them for a few weeks, only with peanuts. Love that savory bite in the oh-so-sweet cookies! Didn't you have the problem that the cookies blended together a lot?

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    1. That is of course also possible, but it doesn't really matter 🙂 . I only baked 9 cookies at a time. At most they bumped into each other a little, but not over each other. Was the batter perhaps still too liquid?

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      1. Nice to know the origin of this cookie. I think I have a smaller baking tray, I used to bake 9 at a time, the size of a teaspoon, the batter was quite firm, but still blended together. In the end I only baked 5 mounds at a time, which kept me busy for a few hours! haha!

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        1. Haha, yes, that keeps you busy for a while! So yours actually chatted a little too loudly 😉

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  2. I came to the site because I have a recipe from Kees Helder's cookbook. For a starter I had to make sesame crackers with
    40 cc orange juice-50 gr. butter-50 gr. sesame seeds - 25 gr. flour – 80 gr. powdered sugar, pinch of sambal and some salt. I made the recipe at least fifteen years ago twice. I included a note that the chatter heads and the entire starter turned out well and even included a photo. Now I have tried FOUR times to make the chatter heads again, but it didn't work, everything runs out. What am I doing wrong? gr. Betty

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    1. Hi Betty, I compared your recipe to mine and I think you are using too much liquid. I therefore suspect that you should not use 40 centiliters of orange juice, but milliliters. I think everything will turn out just fine! Sounds very tasty by the way, those sesame chatter heads 😉 Good luck!

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    2. 40 cc IS 40 ml!!!

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      1. Ah, I read 40 centiliters from it, as I already wrote in my response. I still suspect that she accidentally used too much fluid.

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  3. My name is Christina, I am 10 years old and I could still make these cookies myself and you can also make them with crusli. Tip: make sure you separate the piles well.

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    1. Wow, what a great tip Christina! I'll definitely try that out, thank you 🙂

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  4. Does anyone know how to make coin chatter heads?
    Or is that just crushing mint leaves and adding them to the flour mixture?

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    1. I would indeed do that, yes. I'm curious what baking with the mint does anyway 🙂

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