Peppernuts (or Pepernoten) are a Danish (Dutch) Christmas cookie. I decided to make them one year for my sisters (ages 4-13) to have a little bit of fun and learn about different cultures around Christmas time while we painted little wooden shoes. Everyone in my family ended up loving them. So maybe you all will too.
1/2 c butter
3/4 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c milk
2 t honey
1/3 cup syrup
1 t anise oil
1/2 t vanilla
1/2 t EACH cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, black pepper, and all spice
1/2 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t cream of tartar
1/4 t baking powder
4 c flour
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease two to three baking sheets.
2. Mix together all ingredients except flour. Then mix in the flour, one cup at a time, until the dough gathers together. With floured hands, pinch off small, 1/2 teaspoon amounts of dough, roll into tiny balls, and place on prepared baking sheets.
3. Bake in preheated oven until bottom of cookies are light tan, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool 15 minutes on baking sheets. Store in an airtight container.
I actually rolled them into little tubes and refrigerated them, cut them with a floured knife, then baked them. But you can do it either way.
They should turn out rather small… but delicious.
Oh! And I rolled them in a little bit of sugar (like above ^) to make them a little sweeter for my sisters. You could even dip the tops in egg whites then dip them in sugar before you bake them.