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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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Our New Kitten – Sokkie


We have a new kitten! She just sort of showed up a couple weeks ago. Since she was a stray we took her in. She’s cute and pretty healthy for a stray. She has little white feet, so we’ve named her “Sokkie” which means something like “little sock” in Dutch. It’s pronounced “soakie”. I also like this name because in Lao, “Sok” means “search for” and she was searching for a home.

Maybe it seems to you like I keep getting new cats and kittens? Well you’re right, but currently we only have one cat. It seems that cats in Laos, and especially kittens, are quite unpredictable. Continue reading

Patti’s Peppernuts (Pfeffernuesse)


I’m visiting James’ family in the Dominican Republic. We’re having a very Christmassy time even though we’ll actually spend Christmas at a cottage on a beach.  Today we made wreathes, listened to Christmas music, and made peppernuts. This is the second time we’ve made peppernuts because the first batch was eaten in less than 24 hours. Continue reading

Pfeffernuesse (Peppernuts)

I made these cookies for our friends who came over last Sunday. There were 4 kids in the group and they gobbled them up. These cookies are perfect for kids because they are small and not crumbly. I love sweets that have molasses or brown sugar in them, so these are some of my favorite cookies. The fresh ginger also adds a nice flavor. Continue reading