Friday, March 09, 2012

pepper nuts

Good morning! Good afternoon! Good evening!
Good day!
Wanted to share a recipe with you where you will either love me for or not.
They are a little time consuming. Hopefully, worth your time.
The name given is "pepper nut" but, nothing nutty about them. They contain no nuts. Just sized like a nut. Little bits of spice. Perfect for your yarn.
After the dough is mixed, roll small pieces into "snakes". The thinner the snake, the smaller and crisper the "nuts". If your dough is sticky, you may want to place your snakes in the freezer to harden a bit. This will make the next step easier.
Cutting. This is the part that may take time. I find that using kitchen scissors is a little quicker... although you may just want to use a knife.
Lots of little nuts ready to pop into the oven. Try to make sure there is enough space in between them on the cookie sheet. Bake at 350˚ for about 10 minutes... until they start to brown.
They really are the perfect size to grab a handful and pop into your mouth... one at a time.
Knit a row.
Repeat.

Enjoy your weekend!

22 comments:

Jennifer said...

What a fabulous recipe - and I love the way you posted it - with the photo ingredient list. Very clever.

house on hill road said...

yummy! those look like they'd be fun to make. i see a certain 10 year old getting a big kick out of cutting them with scissors.

Ani said...

Hi Leslie,

These look awesome and I would love to make them - but I need some more info:
-Is there a specific order to the mixing of the ingredients?
- What is the weight equivalent of "3 sticks of butter" please? Where I live, butter isn't sold in sticks so I would have to measure it myself.

Thanks!
Ani

michelle said...

I love the graphics!!
There is no way in H#@L I have time to make these, so can I just pop over for a handful?
I could watch you knit a few rows.
I miss you!
xoxoxoxo M

Suzanne said...

They look decadent! Glad you see you are still at it with those cookies and (hopefully) headless sweater pictures. Hee hee!

ColorSlut said...

Oh my they look good. Are they sweet or salty?

Missy knits said...

My great aunt from Rhode Island made these. When I was a very young child, visiting from Kansas, I thought these were the most extraordinary treat! The name always confused me, but I loved the spicy flavor and hard crunch. I had never tasted anything like them. So nice to see they are still appreciated!! Many thanks for conjuring up wonderful memories for me this morning.

Jane said...

Hey there Missy! How the heck are you???? These look yummy! Drop my a line on FB and let me know how life is treating you! Miss you here!

seashoreknits said...

Well those just look and sound delicious. How yummy and how perfect for knitting snacking.
Thanks for the recipe and the really nifty photos. Can't wait t see what's coming off your needles next!!

Brandi Schoch said...

I definitely need to try this recipe thanks for sharing it.

Estella said...

I know what I'm making this weekend! Thank you!

Robin said...

These look delicious! And I think the small bites are a great idea. As far as time goes, don't know if it would save much time, but I wonder if you could bake them in sticks them break them up if you wanted smaller pieces? I'll have to give them a try. :)

Frances said...

You are indeed a friend to knit with! I am going to remember to try this recipe.

Lots of current knitting projects await the arrival of the pepper nuts.

xo

Karen said...

Leslie I love the recipe and am definitely gone give it a try and great work on the pictures!

stitching under oaks said...

these look very interesting...I'll have to give them a try. You make everything look worth trying girl! Have a great week!

Stitching At Stone Cottage said...

we dont have 'sticks' of butter over here...would you mind sending me the weight equivalent of butter that i need...
these look great, good to have on hand as a snack..

Liz Peters said...

This is actually a family tradition passed down for many generations in my community - I'm of Mennonite background from Kansas. Mennonites in Minnesota and Nebraska make them, too. How did you hear of them? Thanks for sharing your recipe! :) It's fun to have it passed around!

Dreamsherl said...

Thanks for the recipe. I think it will be fun to make with the kids.

Kristyn Knits said...

I'm with Lisa...just the suggestion and we're off to make what Leslie made! xoxo HB to U!!

fig said...

Thank you for this--these look like they're as much fun to make as they are to eat!

Schone Vrouw said...

O, nice. I'm from Holland, and this is an old Dutch recipe. We celebrate Sinterklaas (you call him SantaCLaus) on the 5th of december (you have moved the dear old man to Christmas, very handy). Sinterklaas gives presents and he has Pieten to help him. It is very traditional and according to the legend of Sint Nicolaas, he trew money for girl to stay out of trouble (with a bit of money they could get married). This money is represented by Peppernuts, and in Holland we call something very expensive 'peperduur', because of the 16th century price of pepper. And the Sinterklaas tradition started somewhere around that time. The Mennonites where founded by a Dutchman I believe, so that fits in the picture (Anglicism of a Dutch expression?!).

So, my cultural-historical for the day is done :)

Like your blog!

Carrie Mtn said...

We visited a Mennonite friend today and she had a jar full of these wonderful cookies. I just had to look up the recipe so that I can make my own. Thank you.

In response to other comments, a stick of butter is 1/2 cup or 4 oz, or 113g.

I also appreciated the tie in for St Nicholas and the coins that he gave the poor girls.
Merry Christmas.