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The main thing to remember about peppernuts is that they are tiny, about a third to a half inch, no larger. Peppernuts are a tradition in many German families. They came to our area with the Mennonite immigration in the 1870′s. Imagine generations of people grabbing a handful or two of peppernuts and munching away and you have a tradition worth continuing.
In a large bowl cream together butter, both sugars and eggs. Add vanilla. Grind raisins into a paste (I use a food processor) and add them to the mixture.
In a separate large bowl mix together flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Add this into the creamed mixture alternating with milk and mixing until combined. Then mix in the finely chopped nuts.
Traditionally the dough is rolled by hand into “snakes”, frozen and then sliced into cookies. However, I use a simpler method. Divide dough into thirds. Place one portion of dough between two pieces of plastic wrap. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Put the sheet of dough onto a baking sheet, still between the plastic wrap. Repeat with the other two portions. Place the tray in the freezer until firm, about an hour.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
When ready to bake remove one portion of dough from the freezer. Place dough on a cutting board and remove top layer of plastic wrap. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into strips about 1/4 inch wide. Then cut at right angles to make little squares.
Scatter the squares on a cookie sheet and place in a 350 F oven for 7-9 minutes.
Repeat with remaining dough. Sometimes I bake the cookies over a period of a few days. The dough is fine in the freezer until you are ready.
Recipe adapted from Buhler Centennial Cookbook, contributed by Marieanna Siemens.
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These would be the perfect cookies to make with kids on Christmas eve to set out for Santa! Not only are they cute and fun, but they’re absolutely delicious. A soft and chewy sugar cookie base with cream cheese frosting, white chocolate, chocolate chips, marshmallows and sprinkles!
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