German Christmas Cookies Recipe
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German Christmas Cookies Recipe

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This little spice cookie tastes very European and is similar to Pfeffernüsse or “peppernut.” We make ours with cozy spices, anise flavoring, almonds and candied citron. —Carole Mueller, Florissant, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:144 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 144 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon anise extract
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped candied citron
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 29 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 13mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Combine first seven ingredients. In another bowl, combine eggs, butter, lemon peel and extract. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in almonds and citron.
  2. Shape into 1/2-in. balls and place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake until set, 8-10 minutes. Roll warm cookies in confectioners' sugar; cool on wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 12 dozen.
Originally published as German Christmas Cookies in Taste of Home December 2016

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delowenstein User ID: 3766053 259109
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2017

"I got 4 dozen cookies out of this recipe! I admit that I had adjusted the recipe by adding 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. ginger, and omitted the chopped almonds. There are folks who have an allergy to nuts, so I used 3/4 cup mixture of candied cherries and chopped apricots as I didn't have citron on hand. These cookies went over very well when I took them to events at my retirement community-thank you for sharing! I remembered to buy citron, so I can put that to use in this recipe the next time! delowenstein"

LPHJKitchen User ID: 7521213 257346
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2016

"Sweet, spiced just right and perfect for the holiday! These are some of my new favorite cookies! I loved the spice and anise combo. I didn't get anywhere near 12 dozen cookies but they were still very good!"

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