Pepper Nuts - Cookies (Pebernoedder)

READY IN: 30mins
Debbwl
Recipe by Deantini

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

Top Review by linda.winkler

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.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy; add egg and orange peel.
  3. Mix remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and stir into batter, do not overmix.
  4. Gather the dough until smooth and divide into 8 equal portions.
  5. Roll each portion into a long thin roll 1/2 inch in diameter.
  6. Cut the roll into small pieces - approx 22 pieces per roll.
  7. 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).
  8. Place the 'nuts' on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.
  9. Bake for 10 minute.

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