Yesterday was my day for baking heritage cookies! Here's the recipe for this spicy little morsel...
- 1 cup margarine
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup syrup
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. cloves
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ginger
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. ground star anise (or ground anise seeds)
- 6 cups flour (approximately)
- Cream margarine and brown sugar; add eggs and mix well.
- Add syrup and buttermilk to which the baking soda has been added. (* Roger's Golden syrup is my syrup of choice, but I think it's a Canadian syrup.)
- Measure 4 cups flour and mix with all the spices, before adding to butter mixture.
- Continue adding flour until a soft dough is formed.
- Refrigerate dough.
- When cold, roll dough into 1/2 inch ropes. Place on parchment-lined cookie sheet and freeze until ready to bake.
- With a sharp knife, cut rope into 1/4 inch slices and place on cookie sheets.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes.
A convection oven comes in rather handy when baking cookies!
It looks like enough to feed an army, but they won't last for too long!
Some got delivered next door for the grandkids, and we eat them like 'peanuts'...a handful at a time.
So there you have it. My original recipe had no amount given for flour...so I estimated what I use. The Mennonite recipes seem to leave a lot to chance...they cooked by heart! Peppernuts were often made by rolling out the dough, and cutting out the circles with thimbles. Now that would be time consuming!
Here's what I found interesting...Martha Stewart has a peppernut recipe! It's much like the one above, but she rolls the peppernuts in icing sugar while warm. They look nicer, but wouldn't be quite as conducive to putting in the pocket!
While I was baking peppernuts, I had to think of my mother-in-law who used to come for a baking blitz every December. We baked up a storm...I was always ready to 'call it a day' long before she was done. She was the best and I wish she was here to join me in the kitchen again!
There's my little walk down memory lane. Does anyone else in this day and age still bake peppernuts?