Pfeffernusse Cookies Recipe
This recipe for the traditional German Christmas cookie features molasses and honey with a variety of spices.
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These nut-sized cookies are spiced with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and pepper. They are called Pepperkaker, in Norway.
A pfeffernusse cookie that can be cut into round shapes. Great at Christmas.
My German grandmother used to make these every Christmas. I had always loved her home made version of these cookies, and after she passed, no one had a copy of her recipe. Over the years I have been buying store bought versions and I finally decided to try and find a recipe for these and make them from scratch. This version is great and brings me back to my grandmother's during the holidays! They just get better and better after they are made. A couple of changes that I made had to do with the assembly of the dough and baking. After bringing the liquid sugars to a boil I poured the hot mixture into my Kitchaid stand mixer with the paddle attachment and beat the mixture on medium for about 8 minutes until cooled and thickened. I added the eggs and let them combine, and then added a couple of tablespoons of the flour mixture before adding the Anise Flavoring. Then on medium low speed I added the remaining flour mixture in a steady stream and it all came together in one smooth dough. I also refrigerated
Awesome recipe! Suggestions to omit pepper is not accurate. Pfeffer means 'pepper' in German and is an essential ingredient. I used I82Many's suggestion to use white pepper instead of white (black pepper may be why some reviewers suggest leaving it out...the switch to white is important) and added 1 tsp allspice. Add anise to wet ingredients, not dry. While a glaze is nice, it's not traditional. Toss in powdered sugar once completely cooled and set up.
This is a recipe for a traditional spicy German cookie made with black pepper commonly found on Christmas cookie platters.