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NATIONAL PFEFFERNUSSE DAY – December 23

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NATIONAL PFEFFERNUSSE DAY

December 23 of each year celebrates the delicious and loved by many across the country, pfeffernusse cookie as it is National Pfeffernusse Day.

Very popular around the holidays, pfeffernusse are fluffy cookies made with ground nuts and spices and covered in powdered sugar.

The exact origin in unknown however the Dutch believe that pfeffernusse (or pepernoten) are linked to the feast of Sinterklaas, which is celebrated on December 5 in the Netherlands and December 6 in Germany and Belgium.  This holiday is when children receive gifts from St. Nicholas, who is partially the inspiration for the Santa Claus tradition. 

Over time, many bakers have created their own pfeffernusse recipes.  Traditional recipes included various nuts such as almonds and walnuts.  Some modern recipes exclude nuts altogether along with the black pepper, retaining only cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice and cardamom as flavoring.  Molasses and honey are often times used to sweeten the cookie

To celebrate National Pfeffernusse Day, try one of the following “tried and true” pfeffernusse recipes:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pfeffernusse/

http://www.food.com/recipe/pfeffernusse-german-pepper-nut-cookies-79103

NATIONAL PFEFFERNUSSE DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or origin of National Pfeffernusse Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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