Peppernuts | Peri's Place For Recipes

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Cook Time
10-15 minutes


  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 Cup white sugar
  • 1/2 Cup shortening 
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Cup cream or canned milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1 tsp. freshly finely ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Cup chopped walnuts
  • 7 + Cups flour


  1. Cream sugars and shortening.
  2. Add egg, milk blend. Add baking soda, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Mix well.
  3. Add flour one cup at a time. After the sixth cup of flour, add the nuts.
  4. Continue to add flour until a very thick dough is formed. Very thick. The thicker the better and crisper. You will need to work the last of the flour in by hand, or you could go ahead and burn out the motor on your mixer.
  5. Roll dough into ropes, a bit less than an inch in diameter. Lay ropes on a sheet pan and freeze.
  6. Slice the frozen ropes into coins. The thinner, the crisper. 1/4 inch is good.
  7. Lay in a single layer on a sheet pan and bake until golden. Keep an eye on them after about 10 minutes; they go from perfect crispy to charcoal quickly.

Good to Know

Dad was the youngest of 11 siblings in a Mennonite family. This is one of his family's Christmas traditions which our family loves and continues to this day.