Dutch Pepernoten

Dutch Pepernoten
Recipe type: dessert, cookies
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ tablespoon ground aniseed
  • ½ tablespoon ground ginger
  1. Preheat your oven on 160 degrees c. Cream the butter with the sugar and the spices. If creamed well, then add the flour and the spoon of milk. Ball together, and divide into small balls. Put them on a greased oven plate, and make sure that only the top is round (with a flattened underside) when you put them in the oven to bake them 10 to 15 minutes, until golden brown.
You can add more or less milk, until the dough is smooth enough to work with. This is a typical Dutch recipe. In Holland Saint Nicholas day is actually bigger than Christmas, but to me it is part of Christmas, since Saint Nicholas and Santa are sort of related Saint Nicholas visits the Netherlands by boat, and hands out lots of pepernoten other candy and gifts, but the taste of pepernoten is really related with the month of December, here in the Netherlands. We celebrate Saint Nicks day on December fifth, which is his birthday. It is a great beginning of the December month, and that's why I wanted to share it with you! Saint Nicholas is named Sinterklaas in the Netherlands, and he wishes you all a very merry Christmas


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