When I was little, our church participated in an International Bread Festival held once a year in November. We would all get together at the church and help make peppernuts. We would usually spend the day making them and rolling them into shape so they could be put on the cookie sheet and frozen to be cut and cooked later. With my family now, I love to make them together and now that the girls are getting older its fun to see them have fun helping to make them!!!
Today since it has been such a cold and rainy/icy/snowy day, I decided what better time to make peppernuts! The recipe is pretty easy.
Best Ever Peppernuts Recipe
Preheat Oven 350F Bake for 5-10 mins
2 Sticks Butter
2 T Molasses
1 1/2 cups Sugar
3 1/4 cups Flour
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp ginger
Mix them all together.
Roll them out. You can stop here if you want and put them on a cookie sheet, cover and put in freezer if you want. Sometimes doing it in two steps is nice when you don't have a lot of time! I find making them and baking them at the same time makes for some chewier peppernuts. When you freeze them, they are a bit less chewy and more like the traditional harder ones.
Cut into pieces about 1/2" to 1" depending on size you want! Try to keep them around the same size!
Place them on cookie sheet with enough of a space so they don't bake together.
It's always fun to have some help!
Place them in the oven at 350F and bake for about 5-10 mins depending on size. Its always good to start with 5 minutes and work your way up if they aren't completely done.
Let them cool for about 5 minutes then transfer them into your container of choosing.
Of course, its hard for the container to stay full!!
I hope you enjoyed one of our Christmas/Holiday traditions! I make them more than just Christmas time, but when it gets cold like this and with the lights and holiday all around, I just can't think of a better time for peppernuts!