Neighborly Goodies

  For all of my growing up years, Mr. and Mrs. Bremer were our kitty-corner back-door neighbors. Mrs. Bremer, Minnie, was an avid baker. One time, I remember that she made me a cake that was a decorated train for my birthday. Another time, it was a cake with a doll in middle, the cake forming the skirt of her dress.

At Christmastime, Mrs. Bremer’s claim to fame was Peppernuts, bite-size German cookies.


Mix thoroughly 3 cups white sugar, 3 cups brown sugar, ¾ cup margarine, ¼ cup lard (melted), 2 eggs, 1 ½ cups cold water, 1 teaspoon anise oil, 1 heaping teaspoon baking powder, 7 cups flour, 1 teaspoon ginger, 1 teaspoon cloves and 1 cup finely chopped nuts. Chill dough well. Shape into small rolls and chill in freezer overnight.

Slice and bake at 375 degrees until lightly browned.

In the “Mixing & Musing Cookbook,” Mrs. Bremer advised, “If you keep the rolls in the freezer till ready to slice each roll, they are easier to cut.”