Further, these aren't quite the exotic undiscovered treats I imagined. The day I made them, the talented free-ranging writer Lenore Skenazy interviewed me for a column on how everyone seemed to be baking during Hurricane Sandy week. When I told her I was making peppernuts she replied, oh, you mean pfeffernusse. No, I insisted, these were different. Until another Google search revealed she was right after all. Peppernuts are a derivative of that traditional German cookie. (Also, my witty quotes ended up on the journalism cutting room floor, for they weren't in the story, which is here and really good.)
So operating under the belief that all cookies are always in season (similar to it's 5 p.m. somewhere when justifying an early cocktail), let's get started. This version of peppernuts does not have pepper, but they do have plenty of spice, below.