12 Days of Cookies, day 8: Peppernuts - Omaha.com
Published Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 2:32 pm
12 Days of Cookies, day 8: Peppernuts

Our eighth cookie recipe comes from Judy Pohlman of Soldier, Iowa. She submitted a recipe for Peppernuts.

“These little cookies are a longtime family tradition at Christmastime and are also handy for harvest snacks,” she said in an email. They are “bite size and flavorful.”

More holiday cookie recipes at Omaha.com/cookies


1 cup white sugar

1 cup shortening (Crisco)

1 cup dark corn syrup

1 beaten egg

1 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 1 tablespoon water

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon cloves

1 teaspoon allspice

¼ teaspoon anise extract

5¼ cups flour

1 teaspoon salt


Combine ingredients in order given.

Roll dough into long, 1-inch diameter rolls. Let chill.

Cut dough into ½-inch slices and place slices on cookie sheet.

Bake in 375 degree oven until the bottom of the cookie turns light brown.

Hint: Cookies are typically ready after about 10 minutes in the oven. But be sure to keep a watchful eye on them, they finish quickly.

Test kitchen notes: My dough was quite dry which made it difficult to roll out. I added 1 cup of milk to the mixture and also, covered my hands with water and kneaded the dough for a few minutes before rolling. My cookies still turned out great.

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