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Dutch Pepernoten Cookies

These delightful spiced cookies are a Christmas treat.

Part of the Christmas season is a celebration of St. Nick, whose story is believed to be the source of the now famous Santa Claus. St. Nick is celebrated in many parts of the world on December 6th. On this day, children place one shoe outside for St. Nick to leave them some kind of treat, be it candy or a small piece of fruit. This tradition has been celebrated for centuries and is a fun way to get into the Christmas spirit. A celebration of St. Nick wouldn’t be complete without some spiced Christmas cookies and these Dutch Pepernoten cookies are the perfect little nibble on this particular Christmas occasion.

Not only are they adorable in size, but they’re also delicious in flavor. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger give these cookies a nice spiced flavor that works really well with the brown sugar. And the size of these cookies couldn’t be more adorable. They’re dangerously bite-sized, meaning we could easily eat a barrel full of Pepernoten in the blink of an eye. A cookie like this is the perfect little nibble for a holiday gathering or packaged in a cookie tin or cellophane wrapping and given as a hostess gift or as a part of a holiday cookie exchange.

If baking cookies is a part of your holiday traditions, we recommend this delightful Dutch Pepernoten as one recipe to add to your baking plans. They’re a wonderful nod to the story of St. Nick and would make for the perfect little goodie to share with kids (young and old alike) as a part of the season. Cookies and Christmas seem to go hand-in-hand, so whip up a batch of something fun and delicious, like these Dutch Pepernoten, and join in the Christmas cheer.

Serves 100+ cookies

40 minutes

Rated 4.9 out of 5
Rated by 14 reviewers
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  1. Stir flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger in a large bowl.
  2. Knead in butter and continue to mix until combined, about 5 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Scoop out 1 tablespoon-sized portion of dough and roll into a ball. Place each rolled ball evenly spaced on the cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Recipe adapted from Have Another Bite.

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