Pfreffernusse “Penny Cookies” ~ from Carole in DE (but don’t tell!)

OK, so it won’t be a family secret recipe after being posted on the web, and if my Aunt Marcia knew it I’d be axed from the family. Well, they don’t see us all anymore so it doesn’t really matter. Now, Nana supposedly used her thimble to punch out these cookies, but that is impossible. This recipe makes hundreds of these cookies. Grandpa liked Nana to add lots of black pepper to the recipe; Aunt Marcia left the black pepper out when she made it for little kids. We all like it with the pepper.


2 cups dark corn syrup
2 cups sugar
2 cups shortening
1 cup coffee
1 tsp soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp ginger
2 tsp ground cloves

Mix together in LARGE bowl, add 14 cups of flour

Roll out in snake like rolls (a penny size in diameter) and cut in one inch pieces. Bake a 350 until brown, 12-15 minutes.

Store in coffee cans for 3 weeks for flavors to blend.


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