Cookies with pink and white anise seed sprinkles

In the Netherlands we have a tradition to serve something called ‘beschuit met muisjes‘ when a child is born. ‘Beschuit‘ is similar to rusks and ‘muisjes‘ are sugar coated anise seed sprinkles. The sprinkles are called ‘muisjes’ (little mice), the reason for this name is that sometimes the anise seeds have little stalks attached making the sprinkles look like they have a tail, and therefor making them look like mice 🙂 There are two different kinds, for girls there’s pink and white mice and for boys there’s blue and white mice (and when the crown princess has a baby there’s a special edition in orange and white). Besides eating them on rusks to celebrate the birth of a new baby we also eat them on regular days, either on buttered bread or on buttered ‘beschuit’. Just like we eat all kinds of sprinkles on our bread, chocolate being the most popular. (I know…crazy Dutch people eating sprinkles on their bread instead of cake 😉

I bought the tin you see in the picture below a while back, it’s actually a tin for tea bags but I thought it would make a wonderful cookie container too. And since it looked very girly girl with the pink roses it was perfect to give to my good friend C who gave birth to a little girl a few weeks ago. Coincidentally the baby’s name is Rosa so the tin was particularly appropriate 🙂

These cookies are really easy to make and are a nice twist on a Dutch tradition.

If you’re interested in buying some Dutch sprinkles yourself, there a link here and a link here. If you google muisjes and sprinkles you’ll get more…

Cookies with pink and white anise seed sprinkles

250 g (8 ¾ oz) flour

150 g (5 ¼ oz) butter, cold and cut into cubes

125 g (4 ½ oz) caster sugar

1 egg

for decoration:

white chocolate, melted

rose en witte muisjes

Rub the flour and butter between your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and stir it in. Stir in the egg. Knead briefly to combine and to let it come together. Chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Roll out the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper to a thickness of about 4 mm (1/6 in). Chill the dough between the baking paper for 30 minutes.

Cut the dough into squares. Place the squares onto baking sheets. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until they begin turning golden brown at the edges.

Allow to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Spread some white chocolate on each cookie and sprinkle with the rose en witte muisjes.

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20 Responses to Cookies with pink and white anise seed sprinkles

  1. mari says:

    I’m a big fan of muisjes, so much so that I’ve been known to buy them just to eat them. These cookies are the cutest and they are the perfect kraambezoek kado!

  2. jennifer says:

    those look so pretty. we love eating those anise seeds when we go out for Indian food. they often have those by the door. great job.

  3. courtney says:

    O h what a sweet and lovely gift. So precious. I like the llok of them.

  4. Y says:

    I’ve never seen those biscuits before, but they look great, and I love aniseed as a flavour. Sprinkles on bread, reminds me of ‘fairy bread’ that you get here at kids’ parties sometimes.

  5. ovenhaven says:

    Those are absolutely adorable! The floral tin is so precious, and makes it such a beautiful gift. I’m sure your friend C loved it!

  6. Wow, these are so pretty!

  7. Rosa says:

    Those cookies look extremely pretty! What great sprinkles!



  8. celine says:

    they look positively gorgeous!

  9. Kim says:

    Very nice. I use to ride Dressage and had a Dutch trainer. We always had a morning coffee break with cookies from her home. I love the baked goods from over there. Will try these.

  10. MariannaF says:

    These look so cute, and that is such a nice packaging and wrap up you did for presentation! That De Ruijter box in your photo- it brings back so many memories! When I was a kid I would remember my Dutch friends including it often on their bfast table, I LOVED that stuff!

  11. I wish I was to receive that beautiful tin of cookies… 😉

  12. Hillary says:

    Thanks for teaching us about these sprinkles. I went to Amsterdam last December but didn’t spend enough time in the Netherlands (unfortunately) to learn about this tradition. Beautiful cookies!

  13. noble pig says:

    These are adorable! Just beautiful.

  14. linda says:

    Mari – I do that with other stuff (like Nutella and dulce de leche) but never muisjes…maybe I should start 😉

    Jennifer – thanks, with sugar they are even better 🙂

    Courtney – thanks 🙂

    Y – fairy bread…hmmm….sounds good!

    Ovenhaven – thanks :), she did like it a lot

    DessertObsessed, Rosa & Celine – thanks 🙂

    Kim – hope you try them out

    MariannaF – thanks 🙂

    Patricia – 🙂

    Hillary – thanks 🙂

  15. Joy says:

    I absolutely love how fun and colorful these cookies are! Just beautiful! And i love hearing about the tradition behind them too! Thanks so much for sharing.

  16. Giovanna says:

    Hi Linda! First of all, congrats on your blog!! IT is so beautiful, with lots of delicious things and so cute displayed!!

    What a talent!!

    About those anise seeds sprinkles, i know them!!! My husband has an aunt, who lives in NEtherlands (Eindhoven, more precisely!) and she always bring to us (we live in Germany) these sprinkles!! They brought us when my daughter was born. And then after, when my son was born. Actually, im not into anis, but i think its cute!!

    I love the decoration!!

    Best Regards,


  17. Sheltie Girl says:

    These are the cutest cookies! I love the anise sprinkles, what a piquant touch to a lovely cookie.

    Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go

  18. I’ve only ever had those anise sprinkles in Indian restaurants! They usually have them in a bowl as you’re leaving to cleanse your palate. I adore the idea of baking with them. And could that tin of cookies be any more precious? 🙂

  19. dhanggit says:

    i find this netherland tradition so cute, i mean to bake this goodies after a child’s birth.;too bad we dont have the same

    its the first time i’ve seen these muesjes..i would love to try some one day!!

  20. charlotte says:

    het waren prachtige koekjes, te mooi om op te eten, toch gedaan want de verleiding te groot…en super lekker, dank je wel nogmaals(na 7 mndn)

    liefs lot

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