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Course Dessert
Place of origin Netherlands
Main ingredients

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

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 not unlike throwing rice at a marriage like a farmer sowing seeds.


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.