Recipe - Peppernut Christmas Cookies

Peppernut Christmas Cookies by Foodland Recipe Kitchen

Preparation Time: 40 Minutes + Chilling Time
Cooking Time: 45 Minutes
Serves: 40


  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp ground white pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp pouring cream
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2½ cups plain flour
  • 3 cups pure icing sugar, sifted
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice


  • Saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Cling Wrap
  • Gold Leaf


1. Place sugars in a saucepan with honey, water and spices. Whisk together over medium heat until the sugars dissolve and begins to simmer. Immediately remove from the heat and let cool for4 – 5 minutes.

2. Add salt, baking soda, pouring cream, and egg, then mix until thoroughly combined. Add flour and stir together with a wooden spoon until everything comes together to form a firm dough.

3. Turn dough onto a clean, lightly floured surface, bring together and wrap in cling wrap. Place prepared dough in refrigerator to rest for minimum of 4 hours or up to 1-2days.

4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 190°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

5. Take rounded teaspoons of dough and roll into a smooth ball, place on the prepared baking tray.

6. Bake in preheated oven until cookies are perfectly dome-shaped with light golden brown bottoms, approximately 9 – 10 minutes; avoid over baking. Leave to cool on the baking tray.

7. To make the icing, mix icing sugar with lemon juice in a bowl.

8. Dip the top of each cookie into the icing. Let it drip, then flip it over and place on a tray to set.

9. Add some sparkle with a small pinch of food grade gold leaf (available at selected Foodland stores or cake decorating stores)