Sunday, December 6, 2015

Dutch Pepernoten

Pepernoten ( pepper nuts in Dutch) is a typical festive cookie in The Netherlands  especially on Saint Nicolas eve ( Sinterklaas avond)  . They are bite size , spice cookies infused with cinnamon , aniseed & clove that truly reminds me of X'mas . As you can tell , they are crunchy & slightly chewy inside .....YUMMY ! The 5th of December is a huge celebration day for the Dutch children where they receive presents  from Sinterklaas ( Saint Nicolas) . Sinterklaas came all the way from Spain with his assistants called Zwarte Piet (black Petes ) in a boat . The black Petes carry a sack each full with Pepernotens & candies . And they'll scatter the goodies everywhere for the children to enjoy .  For more  legend of Sinterklaas , please click HERE  .  

Dutch Pepernoten 
Recipe from Libelle Dutch magazineDesperate Housewife in Holland 

Ingredients: For 2 dozens of Pepernoten
100 g self raising flour
50 g brown sugar
40 g milk (full fat)
40 g butter (diced)
1 tsp mix speculaas spice ( or anise, clove , cinnamon)
A pinch of salt


1) Preaheat oven to 175 °C & grease baking tray . In a large bowl , combine flour, brown sugar ,  spice & salt .

2) Mix in milk till well incorpearted . Then add in diced butter & knead till the dough comes away from the bowl or till smooth & firm . Make small marble size balls  & place on prepared baking tray Not forgetting to  spaced them . Bake for 10 to 15 mins . Let them cool on wire rack & enjoy !

Linking this post to Cook & Celebrate : Christmas 2015 event hosted by Bake For Happy Kids , Goody Foodies The Domestic Goddess Wannabe .

Linking this post to Cook-Your-Book # 29 hosted by Joyce from Kitchen Flavours 


  1. Hi Kit,

    This is something new that I learn today. Being fully packed with spices, these Dutch cookies are indeed very yummy and Christmasy!


  2. Hi Kit,
    These buttery spicy cookies sounds good! Perfect to serve for the festive season!

  3. Thanks for sharing your story on Sinterklaas.... ;)