Holiday Peppernuts

We have many pecan trees in this part of the country, so I like to make recipes with the nuts. I usually make these cookies during the holidays.

Holiday Peppernuts

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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
YIELD: 20 dozen.


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon anise extract
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground allspice, cinnamon, cloves and ginger
  • 3 cups finely chopped pecans


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add extract. Combine the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and spices; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Add pecans; mix well. Shape into four 15-in. rolls; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
  • 2. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 7-8 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Nutrition Facts

2 each: 79 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 52mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.