Peppernuts | The Gray Boxwood

Peppernuts have been a Christmas tradition in Europe since the 1800’s. In more recent history, my family has made these our own tradition. Peppernuts are a small cookie, mostly flavored with anise oil, but this tastes completely different than black licorice. The cookies are quickly whipped up, but take a little time to roll out and cut. These are so worth the wait and are my favorite with a cup of coffee (I always dip mine and savor each bite-size cookie). Hopefully you can make these your new family tradition this year and for many to come!


  • 1 cup lard
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon real anise oil
  • 1/2 cup sour milk (1 tablespoon vinegar with 1/2 cup milk)
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 cups flour

Mix the lard and molasses. Add sugar, egg, anise oil, sour milk, and mix well. Finally, add baking soda and flour. Mix well, shape into cylindrical rolls about 1/2-3/4 inches in diameter, chill overnight, and cut into quarter-inch pieces. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Yields approximately 1 1/2 gallons.[hr]

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