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Course Dessert
Place of origin Netherlands
Main ingredients

A pepernoot ['peːpərnoːt] (plural: pepernoten ['peːpərnoːtə]) (literally, "pepper nuts", the Dutch equivalent of Pfeffernüsse) is a cookie-like kind of confectionery, traditionally associated with the early December Sinterklaas holiday in the Netherlands.

They are light brown, round shaped, and made from the same ingredients as taai-taai: flour, sugar, anise, cinnamon, and clove. They are fairly chewy, though they harden gradually when exposed to the air.

A particularly distinct custom associated with pepernoten is throwing them in handfuls through the room so children can look for them. Originally this is an ancient fertility symbol (like a farmer sowing seeds) not unlike throwing rice at a marriage.


Kruidnoten are often called pepernoten.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Pepernoten / kruidnoten: Noem je het bekende strooigoed nu pepernoten of kruidnoten? Of is daar een verschil tussen?" (in Dutch). Gennotschap OnzeTaal ( Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Pepernoten of kruidnoten?" (in Dutch). Radio Nederland Wereldomroep. 21 November 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2011.