Peppernuts (Half Batch)

This is an old German family recipe for cookies. They are weird. It takes an acquired taste to like them, but if you do, they're great. Warning - eat them warm or else be prepared for them to be VERY VERY hard.  Made a couple modifications to the original, mostly with flour and cooking.

1 T cloves

2 t nutmeg

1 t cayenne pepper

½ t anise seed

1 t cardamom

3 ½ t baking powder

5-5 ¼ c sugar

1 T shortening

½ T brown sugar

3 c dark corn syrup

½ pint sour cream

½ pint milk

1 c chopped nuts

12 c flour (or a little less)

Mix the spices together first. Then mix them with all the other ingredients, adding the flour last and slowly until the right consistency. Make potato sized rolls, then roll each one out to the thickness of about a nickel. Put them in the waxed paper to store. They keep for 2-3 months in the fridge. Bake at 370' for about 12-15 minutes, turning them half way through.

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