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One of the cookie recipes I made for the Austin Bakes for Bastrop bake sale was Finnish Peppernuts, but despite the name they did not contain nuts.  The original recipe from Beatrice Ojakangas’ Great Holiday Baking Book (Random House 1994) calls for ground hazelnuts, for which the cookies are shaped after.  Many people might know them as Pfefernüsse the German name for this round, holiday spiced cookie.

peppernuts

peppernuts hot out of the oven

I modified the recipe to make half a batch first, just in case there might be other tweaks to make.

Adapted from Peppernuts by Beatrice Ojakangas

  • 1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Turn on the oven to 375ºF.  Cream the butter, sugar and egg until smooth.  Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and spices in a separate bowl.  Mix the flour into the butter and sugar.  Form 1/2 inch balls and place 1/2 inch apart on a cookie sheet.  Bake for about 8 minutes, just until the bottom is lightly browned.

Pfefernusse Cookies (photo: Martha Compton)

Pfefernusse Cookies (photo: Martha Compton)

These would be cute in gift bags tied with a decorative ribbon or natural twine.  I put eight into individual bags for the bake sale.

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credit: mkcphoto.net 2011

Pecan Raisin Tarts (photo: Martha Compton)

Austin Bakes for Bastrop was the first large-scale fundraising bake sale I’ve ever been in.  It involved long hours in the kitchen and on my feet, which are still recovering.  Living in Round Rock and working in Austin for the last eight years has had quite an impact on my life.  I met my husband here, we’re raising a family now, and this feel like home now.  What would happen if everything we own went up in smoke and unbridled flames?  That’s exactly what hundreds of families are facing at this moment, right down the road from where I sit.  I was compelled to find some avenue to help those in this incredibly difficult situation.  I don’t have much, but I can certainly bake for a cause!

photo by Martha Compton 2011

My Sign! (photo: Martha Compton)

Talking with customers (photo: Martha Compton)

Talking with customers @Round Rock bake sale

Happy Customers!

I still wish I could have baked more Finnish Pulla bread, it was the first item I made at the Round Rock bake sale that sold out.  On Twitter there was a woman thanking me for the Pfefernüsse cookies I made, and another who wished she could have found some.

Pfefernusse Cookies (photo: Martha Compton)

Pfefernusse Cookies (photo: Martha Compton)

Finnish Pulla Bread (photo: Martha Compton)

Finnish Pulla Bread (photo: Martha Compton)

Local bakery businesses and home cooks pitched in an unbelievable amount of goodies for the seven different bake sale spots.  The Round Rock location had so much stuff and less traffic that we shuttled stuff three times to other sales so they had enough to last until 2PM (and beyond in some cases I heard!).  That’s how some of the things I made found their way to Austin.

Tamale Place (photo: Martha Compton)

Tamale Place (photo: Martha Compton)

Big thank you to all the volunteers who dropped off baked goods at Old Settler’s Park!  Thank you to my family for putting up with me 🙂

Another thank you to…

So many wonderful treats and caring bakers behind them!

The photos seen above were taken by Martha Compton from mkc photography, a local lifestyle photographer who shoots on-location in natural light.  Check out more of Martha’s gorgeous photos at mkcphoto.net!

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