Here in our part of the world peppernuts are the traditional
cookie of Christmas! Everyone has their favorite recipe.
Most are flavored with anise, they can be fancy or plain,
cut out with a round cutter, or rolled in ropes and sliced.
This is my favorite recipe, it comes from a peppernut cookbook.
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. butter
1/8 tsp. anise extract
2 T. white syrup
2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. ginger
3 1/2 c. flour
Cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add egg, beat well. Add other liquids. Add dry ingredients with 2 c. flour. Knead in enough of remaining flour until dough is no longer sticky. Refrigerate in tightly covered container overnight or a few days. To make peppernuts, you can either roll the dough out into 1/4" sheets and cut with small round cookie cutter, or roll into ropes and slice with sharp knife. Place separately on greased baking sheets and bake at 350 for 7-8 minutes. Let cool slightly before removing from pan.
I usually have a helper- this year AJ had fun punching them out.
Peppernuts are the perfect treat to have with a cup of tea.
Some people pride themselves on how small their peppernuts
are, mine are not that small but they sure taste good! Some
people's are crunchy, some are so hard you almost break your
teeth! Mine are more crunchy than hard.
But the angel said to her,
"Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.
You will be with child and give birth to a son,
and you are to give him the name Jesus."
"He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.
The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,
and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever;
his kingdom will never end."
I'm joining Sandi's Christmas Tea today.
I hope you're having a special Christmas season!