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Holiday Peppernuts Recipe
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Holiday Peppernuts Recipe

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We have many pecan trees in this part of the country, so I like to make recipes with the nuts. I usually make these cookies during the holidays. —Chandra Koehn, Rich Hill, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:120 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 120 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon anise extract
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground allspice, cinnamon, cloves and ginger
  • 3 cups finely chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

2 cookies equals 79 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 52 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add extract. Combine the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and spices; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Add pecans; mix well. Shape into four 15-in. rolls; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 7-8 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 20 dozen.
Originally published as Holiday Peppernuts in Country Extra November 1998, p51

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