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Place of originNetherlands
Serving temperatureHot or cold
Main ingredients
  • Pastry
  • Almond paste
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Banket (bahn-KET), banketstaaf (Audio file "Nl-banketstaaf.ogg" not found) or letterbanket is a sweet pastry that originated in the Netherlands. It is popular during Christmas season, to celebrate Sinterklaas especially on Saint Nicholas' eve, December 5.[1]

It is also known as Dutch letter[2] and almond patty in the Midwestern United States. In the US, banket may be referred to as Dutch letter,[2] and is typically formed in the shape of a letter, such as the letter "S".


The term letterbanket or banket letter refers to the tradition of bending the uncooked logs into the shape of letters. The baked letters would then be used to spell out messages such as Merry Christmas on a holiday feast banquet table.[citation needed]

Ingredients and preparation[]

Banket is made by rolling pastry dough around an almond paste filling, and then baking it. The rolled log is then cut into short lengths for serving, hot or cold. It can also be frozen and enjoyed after the holiday season. It is sometimes prepared as a cookie.

See also[]

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  • Dutch cuisine
  • List of pastries
  • List of cookies


  1. Karin Engelbrecht. "Banketstaaf - Recipe for Banketstaaf - Traditional Dutch Christmas Pastries". Food. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kaercher, D.; Stefko, B. (2006). Taste of the Midwest: 12 States, 101 Recipes, 150 Meals, 8,207 Miles and Millions of Memories. Best of the Midwest Book Series. Globe Pequot Press. p. 43. ISBN 978-0-7627-4072-7.