Here is a Dutch holiday cookie recipe that’s flavored with sugar and spice and everything nice! Some say this recipe is for kruidnoten (spice nuts), others know it better as pepernoten (pepper nuts). Whatever the history behind this is, all I know is that it tastes great!


Why wait for Sinterklaas? Make a batch to enjoy anytime!

50 g (1/4 cup) butter
100g (1/2 cup) brown sugar
2 tablespoon milk
150 g (1 1/2 cup) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground anise
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt


In a standing mixer, cream butter and sugar. Meanwhile, combine dry ingredients with a wire whisk and set aside. Add dry ingredients plus milk to butter and sugar and work into a dough, using a wooden spoon or silicone spatula. Wrap dough tightly in saran wrap and refrigerate overnight.


Chilling the dough makes it easier to handle and lets the flavors develop.


Divide dough into 4-5 pieces. Work each piece into ropes (or snakes, if you prefer) about the thickness of your finger and cut off nugget-sized pieces.

Place on ungreased cookie sheet, bake at for 8-10 minutes or until darker and cracks form on the top. Cool on wire wrack before storing in airtight container. Makes about 160 pepernoten.

About 80 cookies can fit on one cookie sheet.

About 80 cookies can fit on one cookie sheet.