Holiday Cookies

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It's that time of year when you can start preparing holiday cookie recipes. These spicy German Christmas cookies also are known as peppernut cookies and are actually made with black pepper in the holiday cookie recipe and then rolled in powdered sugar. After these easy bake cookies, recipe are made they can be stored in an airtight container for several days before eating until they are soft. These cookies are soft when first removed from the oven, then get hard as they cool off and then soften again over time. Another name for this holiday cookie recipe is pfeffernusse cookies. One of the best parts about this holiday cookie recipe is that once the cookies are cooled, they are then rolled in confectionery sugar for a snowy looking cookie for the holidays. This holiday cookie recipe makes about four dozen cookies depending on how large you make them, a good amount of guests if they last that long. This easy bake cookies recipe is good with a cup of coffee or for a snack.

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These flavorful, easy homemade cookies have anise extract, molasses, butter, clove spice, cinnamon and allspice in the mix for a combination that you will love. Some interesting facts you might not know about cinnamon spice include that the spice comes from the inner bark of the cinnamon tree. Cinnamon is a spice that may be used in both savory recipes or sweet food recipes. Cinnamon is known to be one of the oldest spices and was even mentioned in the Bible and used in ancient Egypt as both a beverage flavoring and medicine, along with being used as an embalming agent. Cinnamon was highly treasured and considered more precious than gold. Cinnamon bark is one of the few spices that can be consumed directly as is. There are four different varieties of cinnamon, with the most popular being the Ceylon variety of cinnamon and Cassia cinnamon. In Chinese medicine, cinnamon spice has been used to treat a wide variety of ailments from nausea, colds, diarrhea, and painful menstrual cramps. Cinnamon was used in Ancient Rome in funeral pyres. In 65 AD, the Roman emperor Nero burned a year’s supply of cinnamon at his second wife Poppaea Sabina’s funeral to show the depth of his grief. In the Middle Ages, cinnamon is a spice that was only affordable to the wealthy elite of society. A person’s social rank could be determined the number of spices they could afford. In two teaspoons of ground cinnamon, there are about 12 calories.

This recipe for holiday cookies is just one of the recipes you will find on The Southern Lady Cooks. On the recipe site, you will find other easy homemade cookies, along with appetizer ideas, side dish, main dish ideas, drinks, soups, salad recipes and stews, slow cooker recipes and so much more. Other holiday cookies on the site include old fashioned soft molasses cookies, Mexican wedding cake cookies, sugar cookies, shortbread, gingersnap cookies, snickerdoodles, and gingerbread cookies. **

Nutrition Facts for: Holiday Cookies From The Southern Lady Cooks

Ingredients: Molasses, honey, unsalted butter, eggs, anise extract, all-purpose flour, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, ground cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, black pepper, ground cloves, allspice, confectioners' sugar.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 48 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 93, Calories from Fat 20, Total Fat 2.2g 3%, Saturated Fat 1.3g 7%, Cholesterol 12mg 4%, Sodium 80mg 3%, Potassium 69mg 2%, Carbohydrates 17.3g 6%, Dietary Fiber 0.4g 2%, Sugars 9.4g, Protein 1.2g, Vitamin A 1%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 1%, Iron 4%

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