Growing up in Southern Manitoba I can not remember a Christmas without peppernuts , sometimes known by the name Pfeffernüsse or päpanät as I knew them.
What are peppernuts? They are small, round, spiced cookies that are absolutely delicious!
Here is the recipe that I make, it looks like it makes a lot, but let me warn you, those little cookies are addicting. I have not met someone who can pass by without grabbing a handful.
I like to make them so that they are a little bit soft and a little bit crispy – they can be baked shorter or longer according to how you like them. Many people add star anise to their recipe, but our family loves this combination of spices.
Some people omit the black pepper, but I think it is a must for this traditional recipe!
Peppernuts also called Pfeffernüsse or päpanät are small, spiced cookies which are a common treat in Mennonite homes during the Christmas season.
- 1 cup butter or margarine (softened)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 1/2 cup whole milk (with 1 tsp vinegar and 2 tsp baking soda added)
- 1/8 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp black pepper (or white pepper)
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 1/4 cups flour
- Cream together the butter and brown sugar with a mixer. Add eggs and continue beating. Slowly add the corn syrup and the milk mixture.
- In a separate bowl mix together remaining ingredients (dry). Then add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and stir until a dough ball is formed. Put dough mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour. (Works best if you can leave the dough in the fridge overnight or even up to 2 days)
- Roll dough into long snake like rolls till they are between the width of dime and a nickle. I do this on parchment paper to make it easy to transfer the rolls onto a greased cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer till firm. Then slice the rolls in about 1 cm pieces and place flat on pans. Bake at 350 for 7-8 minutes.