Recipe: pepernoot

Pepernoot is a Dutch recipe and is made in celebration of Sinterklaas. The following recipe is a recipe of pepernoot with chocolate. Another recipe especially made for this holiday are chocolate letters.

Directions pepernoot

Making the dough

  1. Stir the flour, baking powder, sugar and spices together.
  2. Add the milk and stir.
  3. Cut the butter into small pieces and chop or mash it thrue the flour mixture.
  4. Knead the ingredients by hand until smooth and when there are no more lumps of butter.

Forming the pepernoot

  1. Put the baking sheet ready with the baking paper.
  2. Form a sausage of the dough.
  3. Pick small pieces of dough from the dough sausage and roll them into balls – as big as a marble!
  4. Put the balls on the baking paper.

Baking the pepernoot

  1. Put the baking sheet in the middle of the oven.
  2. Bake for 15-20 minutes. The cooking time depends on the size of your dough. When in doubt, you can cut open to see if it is thoroughly cooked.
  3. Remove from oven and let it cool.

Finishing touch: chocolate

  1. Heat a layer of water in a pan (do not boil).
  2. Cut the chocolate into not too large pieces and place it into a bowl.
  3. Add a little butter and place the bowl onto the hot pan. The bottom of the bowl should not touch the water.
  4. Wait a few minutes until the chocolate is soft.
  5. Stir butter and chocolate carefully.
  6. Roll a few pieces of dough thrue the liquid chocolate. Fish them out with a fork and let them dry on a rack (or marble slab, if you frequently work with chocolate). I’ve put some time in the refrigerator to get some speed up this process.



  • 30 – 60 minutes


  • 150 grams flower
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 75 grams caster sugar
  • 3 teaspoons biscuit spices
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 90 grams (dairy) butter
  • 100 grams pure chocolate (or more)
  • little bit of butter


  • Mixing bowl
  • Fork, spoon, sharp knife
  • Pan
  • Baking paper
  • cooling grid or marble slab


  • Preheat the oven to 150 ° C
  • Weigh all ingredients and put them ready

Serving suggestions

  • Also delicious with white or milk chocolate
  • Spice up your spices with additional cinnamon, ginger, allspice and / or cayenne pepper