Peppernuts Recipe

Peppernuts are filled with healthy spices and make an excellent, spicy holiday treat.


  • Give peppernuts as a gift, or make a large batch to serve at holiday parties.
    Photo by Kristin Hoffman
  • Freeze any leftovers of these tiny, spicy cookies to enjoy Old World flavor any time.
    Photo by Kristin Hoffman

Yield: Makes about 600 tiny cookies

This recipe was provided by Kristin Hoffman, whose blog Baker Bettie shares tons of recipes, basic baking tips and beautiful pictures.

Peppernuts Recipe


• 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
• 1 cup dark brown sugar
• 1 large egg
• 1 cup almonds, finely ground
• 2-3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon freshly ground cardamom
• 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1⁄2 teaspoon white pepper
• 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cloves
• 1⁄2 teaspoon ground allspice
• 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar using an electric mixer. Add egg and ground almonds.

2. In another bowl, mix 2-1⁄2 cups flour with baking powder, baking soda, cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, cloves, allspice and nutmeg.

3. Blend dry ingredients into creamed mixture until a stiff dough forms. If the dough is too wet, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it forms a stiff dough that is easy to roll.

4. Shape dough into a ball. I think it’s easier to roll out the dough if it’s chilled. Put in refrigerator for 1 hour or freezer for 15 minutes.

5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

6. Cut off a portion of dough at a time and roll between your hands and a lightly floured work surface to make slim ropes about 1⁄2 inch thick. Place 4 or 5 ropes on an ungreased cookie sheet. Cut ropes into 1⁄2-inch pieces using a sharp, small knife. Separate pieces.

7. Bake for 8 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned and dry. Remove from oven; cool on baking sheet.

8. Store in an airtight container for up to a month. Makes about 600 tiny cookies.

Find more traditional holiday treats, decor and activities in Have an Old-Fashioned Holiday.