Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins
To the reviewer that mentioned that these should not be rolled in nuts - step 7 refers to the cookies being rolled into the shape of a nut and not in nuts. Update - I have adjusted the flour down to 2 cups. This recipe makes a bunch of small little cookies that kids in Denmark use to play games during the month of December. I remember playing 'MOUSE'. You need a bunch of Pepper Nuts and some kids. All the Pepper Nuts are placed on a table and one of the kids is sent outside the room. The other kids now choose the Pepper Nut that is IT (or the MOUSE). The kid is called back into the room and has to start eating the Pepper Nuts until he/she reaches the one that is the MOUSE. All the kids then yell MOUSE!!!!!!!!!!! usually to great scare for the poor kid that is IT. I remember eating one after the other thinking 'oh no, this one will make them scream...' Besides being a fun game they also taste good.... This is also a recipe where even little kids can be good helpers when cutting the cookies
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Cream butter and sugar until fluffy; add egg and orange peel.
- Mix remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and stir into batter, do not overmix.
- Gather the dough until smooth and divide into 8 equal portions.
- Roll each portion into a long thin roll 1/2 inch in diameter.
- Cut the roll into small pieces - approx 22 pieces per roll.
- Roll into small nuts (if you are lazy or short of time you can skip this step, although rolling make for a nicer looking cookie).
- Place the 'nuts' on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 10 minute.
Traditional Pebernoedder don't include orange peel and I've never heard that Danes roll the cookies in nuts. The spicing does vary a bit; some add some cinnamon as well as cardamom and pepper. My Danish grandmother used only cardaomom though I find it's a spice some North Americans don't care for.
These little cookie bites are so yummy and love how crunchy they are. DH was surprised they had a nice light spice flavor as when he heard the name pepper nut cookies he thought it would have a much spicier flavor and we both enjoyed the balance of sweet to spice. Made mixing the spice into two cups of flour as 2 2/3 cups sound like too much and it was as I end up only using 2 1/4 cups of flour. I am already planning to make again next Christmas. Thanks for the post.
These little cookies are addictive!! Just sweet enough, with an oh-so-subtle hint of the pepper that combines so well with the other spices. So easy to make too, although I'll admit I didn't take the time to roll each one so mine look a little rough :) Loved these little treats - thanks for sharing your recipe! Made for the Sweet Traditions event, 2009