Lately I’ve been craving pepernoten and other Dutch treats, like licorice. It probably has everything to do with the arrival of my mother next week, and my best friend in January. I miss home sometimes. Not living there, but my family, friends and Dutch food/snacks).
Pepernoten are actually very similar to ginger cookies (according to Paul). Since I no longer live in the Netherlands, I can’t get Dutch goodies anywhere, so sometimes I ask my mom to bring some when she visits or she sends me some goodies like pepernoten, licorice, stroopwafels and other goodies. I am currently in Spain, and I can’t get pepernoten here. Okay, I can, but the shipping costs are insanely expensive! And I’m Dutch, which means, if I don’t have to spend too much money, I won’t. So only one solution remains: I’ll have to make them myself 🙂
Making pepernoten is actually much easier than I thought. The only challenging part was finding “speculaaskruiden,” the spices you need to make pepernoten. Hmm, where do I get speculaaskruiden? After a few minutes I realized, I can make them myself. So off to the supermarket! A few spices I needed were not available, but don’t worry, you can substitute them with other spices (I wrote this down in the recipe) and the taste was still the same!
It only took about an hour, from making the dough to baking the pepernoten, and they were delicious!!! You can find the recipe here.
I hope you’ll enjoy these Dutch treats as much as I do, and let me know what you think in the comment box below!