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Pfeffernuesse (Peppernuts)

Author/Submitted by: Unknown
Servings: 12
Categories: Cookies / Desserts

20  ounces  Dark corn syrup, Karo
2  cups  Granulated sugar, white
1  cup  Butter
1  cup  Lard
1  teaspoon  Salt
4    Eggs, beaten slightly
1  cup  Buttermilk
3  teaspoons  Baking soda
1  teaspoon  Anise oil
1  teaspoon  Cinnamon
1/2  teaspoon  Cloves
1/3  teaspoon  Ginger
2  cups  Nuts, finely chopped
10  cups  Flour

1. Boil the Karo syrup for 2 minutes, and then add the sugar, butter, and salt. Stir until sugar and shortening are melted, then cool. When cool, add remaining ingredients (except flour). Add flour in increments until dough is very stiff. Chill thoroughly (can even be frozen).

2. Roll chilled dough into rolls about the width of a finger. Cut with a knife into small 'pillows'. Pat pillows flat and bake in moderate oven (350 degrees? ~- time is unknown so I'd have to guess maybe 8-10 minutes. This is an old recipe of my grandmothers and it doesn't specify).

Instead of 1 c butter and 1 c of lard, you can use 2 cups shortening instead.

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