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Winter 2019


Peppernut Cookie

Variation 2” cookies prepared by Marjorie Hutt


These Tin Roof Pantry cookies are close to what we expect “Variation 1” would produce
Hillsboro
Hillsboro, Kansas showing its Dutch heritage
dales
Dale's Supermarket — Hillsboro, Kansas
Unraveling the Holiday Season Story of
Peppernut Cookies

by David Welton (Nana’s son)

Recently, my wife and I traveled to Hillsboro, Kansas to watch our son play in the homecoming football game at Tabor College. During our stay in Hillsboro, we saw an ad for Dale’s Supermarket that featured Peppernut Cookies as one of their specialty products. I knew we had recipes for Peppernut Cookies on our site, but I had never actually seen, let alone tasted, one.

We visited the small-town grocery and bought two packages. The small, hard cookies feature a delightful sweet yet spicy flavor that makes them great for dunking in coffee, or just popping into your mouth. The cookies were baked in nearby Galva, Kansas at the Tin Roof Pantry. It turns out that there is a history of Dutch immigrants settling in this part of Kansas and Peppernut Cookies have roots in Dutch culture.

We offer two recipe variations of the cookies here, at Nana’s Recipes. “Variation 1” calls for both pepper and nuts, the namesake ingredients. “Variation 2” includes vanilla and lemon flavors (original handwritten recipe). We don’t know much about other differences in the variations, but we have learned that these cookies are a holiday treat in both Dutch, and German traditions.

“Variation 2” recipe contributor Marjorie Hutt remembers receiving a package of cookies from her Aunt Helen and Uncle Elmer Dudgeon each Christmas for many years. My cousin, Marjorie, continues the family tradition by baking Peppernuts every Christmas. She says her grandkids look forward to the holiday cookie treat. Begin a new tradition in your family by baking some Peppernut Cookies this Holiday Season.

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