Pfeffernusse: Tiny, Spicy Bites of Christmas Tradition

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We all love the soft, fluffy, iced and decorated sugar cut-out cookies – and it wouldn’t be Christmas without those, am I right? But, if you’re looking to add something a little different to your baking this year, step back in time and make some peppernuts!

The history of these tiny, spicy, crunchy cookies is varied and vast – and most of the modern recipes contain neither pepper nor nuts. But it appears peppernuts are a centuries-old Christmas tradition in several European countries. 

In the Netherlands, the cookies (called pepernoten) are linked to the feast of St. Nicholas (December 6), when children receive treats in their shoes left out overnight. In Germany, pfeffernusse are more closely tied to Christmas itself.  Continue reading

From Apple Tree to Apple Pie: My Trip to the Orchard

Editor’s Note: With tomorrow being Thanksgiving, we have pie on the mind!  Enjoy this sweet photo trip through the apple orchard from Allison Ervin, daughter of Glenda Ervin VP of Marketing. Keep reading to find the recipe she used to make a fresh, homemade apple pie! Continue reading

Christmas Cookie Recipes: Butterscotch Roll Cookies

butterscotch cookiesAdding a variety of cookies to your holiday baking gives your loved ones an array of sweet choices. Try this classic recipe for butterscotch cookies. (Helpful Hint: Just make sure you leave time for the dough to chill!) Continue reading

Christmas Cookie Recipes: Sugar Cookies and Frosting

cutting out cookiesCandy canes, Christmas trees, stockings that look so good to eat…today’s recipe is a classic holiday tradition for many folks – making and decorating cutout cookies. Whether you like to intricately decorate each cookie or just like to pile on the frosting (like someone in my family), this is a sweet activity to put you in the Christmas spirit.

So, gather up your favorite cookie cutters and give this sugar cookie and frosting recipe a try. Continue reading

Christmas Cookie Recipes: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle CookieThe holidays are approaching, and it’s time to start planning one of the sweetest holiday traditions of all – baking Christmas cookies!

Today we’re sharing with you a classic cookie recipe that is sure to win over chocolate lovers, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. It’s the perfect addition to your cookie tray! Continue reading

The Recipes of Fall: Apple Blossom Cake

baking with applesThe flavors of fall are beginning to appear, and here in Ohio, we’re so excited for apple season. Today we’re sharing with you a sweet dessert recipe right from our newest cookbook. The sweet aroma of apples, cinnamon and nutmeg will fill your kitchen and surely stir up appetites! Continue reading

The Life-Changing Magic of Self-Sufficiency

preserving foodThe day we installed our brand-new Baker’s Choice wood cookstove was the day our lives changed dramatically for the better. I mean that literally.

Living in the far north, wintertime heat is no small matter. For the previous fifteen years, our sole source of heat was a small inefficient woodstove located in an inconvenient corner of our house, which left the rest of the house hovering in the low 50s during cold weather. For years, we’d fantasized about having a proper cookstove in a more central location. Continue reading

Discover the Satisfaction of Baking (Sweet Recipes Inside!)

In these strange times, we’re all trying to find ways to fill our days and find joy in how we spend them. It’s more difficult now than ever with our options being so limited for how we can spend our time. It’s no wonder that so many people are choosing to take up baking during quarantine! Baking is the perfect way to remain focused and productive, while also taking some time for yourself and loved ones to do something fun. Putting on an apron and getting to work in the kitchen is something the whole family can get involved in. Continue reading