This is the "BEST PEPPERNUT RECIPE" and, according to my grandma, it makes 1004. I've never counted, we eat them way too fast for counting. Mr. H calls these cookies "devil buttons" because they are so addictive. So even though Christmas is long gone, I figured I should really share the recipe with the world. (please note, these won't compete with FANCY Christmas cookies anyway)
Here are some hints to make your peppernut baking go smoothly:
- You can find anise oil cheap at iHerb.com. (it's not $0.30 for 2 teaspoons but it's cheap enough) One bottle will make plenty of batches and the shipping was quick and cheap.
- If you don't like anise flavor (black licorice) you won't like these cookies.
- Bake at 350 degrees (not 325)
- Squish them really flat so they get crispy
- Only make half a recipe--you'll eat them all and 1004 cookies is obscene even if they are small (they're more the size of a nickel than a quarter)
- The dough freezes fine, the cookies don't
- "Suzy can eat!" refers to my cousin Suzy with a severe egg allergy--these cookies have no egg
- "Irene's favorite" my maternal grandma was named Irene and she usually made these. But I was told the recipe was from my paternal grandma.
- But this recipe says it's from Ruth Moore who apparently lived on my Grandma's street and went to church with her (so says the note).
- Clearly I have no idea where this family recipe is from. If you have something similar in your family, let me know!