Pepernoten (Dutch Christmas Cookies)

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 10 mins

Posted for ZWT6. These cookies are traditionally part of the Sinterklaas celebration in Holland, which is a December 5 feast where St. Nicholas hands out treats and gifts to children. St. Nicholas was the original inspiration for today's Santa Claus. Note: These cookies are very hard for about a week after baking and will be difficult to bite into without first dunking into a beverage. They will soften with time. Yield is an estimate. Prep time does not include letting cookies sit overnight before baking.


  1. Beat eggs in a mixer. Add brown sugar and beat.
  2. Sift the spices with the flour.
  3. Mix dry ingredients with wet ingredients using mixer.
  4. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour.
  5. Roll out dough to 1/2 inch thickness and cut with small round cutter.
  6. Let stand on an oiled cookie sheet overnight to ripen.
  7. Bake 10 minutes at 325°F.
  8. If desired, frost cookies with powdered sugar frosting when cool.