Holiday baking season has officially arrived! What’s on your list this year? I decided to pull out a recipe from my childhood this year – Peppernut Cookies. I started with my Aunt Marcia’s recipe and made a few tweaks of my own. According to Wikepedia Peppernuts, or Pfeffernüsse, are tiny spice cookies that are popular in Germany, the Netherlands and among ethnic Mennonites. Well, I suppose it was fate because my husband’s family is German and my Mother’s family are ethnic Mennonites! These little cookies are traditionally linked to the Sinterklaas festival celebrated on December 5th or 6th depending on the country.
I had already decided to make Peppernut Cookies this week before I looked up the origin, but we are right on time! These are best a little crunchy like a nut. It does take a few steps to make them but it’s a fun project with kids if you have them. These little morsels are sweet, spicy, crunchy and surprisingly addictive! This recipe makes about 8 cups so there’s plenty to go around. Perfect for a holiday party or an evening at home with hot chocolate.