Behold the Peppernut!
The thing to do is make the peppernuts a few weeks before you plan to eat them, because you want them to become very stale and hard. They do not taste stale, however. They are good. I always say when I eat one, it's nothing special, but I can't stop eating them!
I decided I wanted to make some this year, but the original recipe calls for lard and also just white flour. Today I made a batch (actually half of a batch), left out the added fat and used whole wheat flour. They turned out just fine and are very tasty! Of course, they aren't dried out yet, but if the weather cooperates, they should be hard by Christmas Day.
Here are some pictures of the progression and I'll leave the recipe I used at the end.
Here's the dough in the bowl.
Then, using a pair of scissors, cup the ropes into small pieces and arrange then on a baking sheet.