Once again, my friend received some peppernuts from his mom. I never thought anything could beat the original peppernut, but I was mistaken - a peppernut with orange candy slices can. Crunchy, chewy, sweet and orangey, it is the perfect holiday snack with a hot cup of tea or just by themselves. I thought I would share a similar recipe from the Peppernuts Plain and Fancy book.
Mother's Gumdrop Peppernuts from Peppernuts Plain and Fancy:
-3/4 cup shortening
-1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
-1 1/2 cups brown sugar
-1/2 cup milk or cream
-1 cup chopped nuts
-3/4 pound spiced gumdrops, diced (I would buy orange candy slices)
-3/4 teaspoon baking soda
-3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-4 to 5 cups flours
Cut gumdrops into small pieces with scissors dipped in flour. Cut onto a plate and dust pieces to keep them from sticking together. Set aside.
Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, followed by milk, gumdrops, and nuts. Add sifted flour and remaining dry ingredients. If necessary, add a little extra flour until dough clings together. Chill overnight or longer. Roll into 1/2 inch ropes and cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Bake on greased pan at 375 degrees F for 7-10 minutes or until golden brown. Place cookies into a clean, dry dish towel and let cool.
Enjoy! Click here to see me making peppernuts.