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Peppernuts, Pfeffernusse, Pepernoten

Peppernuts are my husband’s favorite Christmas cookie, but I did not grow up with them since I’m neither Dutch, German, or Mennonite. This recipes is different from most peppernut recipes in that it has more of some of the spices and it includes fresh ginger. The fresh ginger comes from living in places where it’s easier to find fresh ginger than dry.

The good thing about peppernuts is that they’re very flavorful and good for munching. They are sort of a strange cookie though. They’re supposed to be hard and crunchy like nuts (hence the name). They have lots of black pepper in them.

James’ family recipe for them isn’t specific about the amount of flour to use, so you have to know when the dough “looks right”. That’s the part that I’m bad at. I expect recipes to have actually quantities of ingredients and I didn’t know what peppernut dough was supposed to look like. So I would just dump all the flour in and end up with a dough that was impossible to roll into snakes (like the original recipes says to do).

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Cambodian Black Pepper Dip

Cambodia produces some of the best black peppercorns in the world – Kampot Pepper. It tastes like other black pepper, except that it’s stronger and more fragrant. A few times while we were in Cambodia, we were served a sauce made of ground black pepper, lime juice, salt, and sugar. This sauce is primarily used as a meat dip, but we like to eat it with rice and vegetables too.

Stir together:

  • 2 t freshly ground black pepper (this takes a lot of grinding, but don’t skimp on the pepper)
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t sugar
  • 2 t lime juice