Peppernuts / Pfeffernusse
The unique flavor and addictive aroma of our signature Peppernuts will rekindle memories of Grandma’s kitchen. Peppernuts, while ours contain no pepper and no nuts, are a tiny cookie with a delightful spicy crunch. The cookies have been a tradition for many German families for centuries. Prairie Harvest had carried Voran-Goertzen Peppernuts since the store’s inception, and in fall of 2011 had the opportunity to purchase the small bakery and re-brand the cookie as Prairie Harvest Peppernuts. Today we continue the tradition under our Prairy® Heritage brand as well as our new Prairy® Bites Pfeffernusse offering. Same delicious cookies, new name and packaging!
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Orange Dream Cookies
In observing how our customers respond to the aroma and taste of the peppernut offering, we began experimenting with additional mini-cookie recipes and flavorings, on the journey to what we now call Prairy Bites. Pictured here are the orange cookies which are based on a traditional Swedish recipe from Crystal Gaeddert’s extended family. Other recipes available now include Lemon Sugar Cookies and Chocolate Crunch Cookies.
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Our own unique blend of wholesome coconut and Kansas honey-flavored granola, baked, mixed and bagged in the Prairy Production Kitchen. Perfect with cereal, fruit, yogurt, sprinkled on your favorite dessert . . . Use your imagination!
Available in both Prairy and Prairy Heritage brands.
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German Mennonite Roots
Prairie Harvest is a fitting home for a peppernut bakery as we are located on the edge of the Kansas Flint Hills, an area where many German Mennonites brought their peppernut recipes when they settled in the 19th Century. Traditionally, the dough was packed in crocks and stored in the fruit-room of the cellar so that the spices blended smoothly with the sugar and flour. Cookies were shaped by rolling the dough into ropes and then slicing those ropes to form the tiny round cookies. Others rolled the dough flat and then painstakingly cut perfect little circles using sewing thimbles.