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Holiday Peppernuts



  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup lard
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon anise extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Combine sugar, corn syrup, milk and lard in a saucepan. Heat to boiling. Cool.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients except flour.
  3. Mix in enough flour to make a stiff dough, kneading in the last addition. Chill.
  4. Shape dough into 3/4-inch thick rolls on a board lightly dusted with sifted confectioners' sugar. Cut each roll in pieces about 3/8-inch long.
  5. Bake on cookie sheet at 375 degrees F until browned, 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. Let cool on cookie sheet 1 or 2 minutes before removing.


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