Glazed Pfeffernuesse Recipe
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Glazed Pfeffernuesse Recipe

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Our version of the classic German cookie is nice to have on hand throughout the holiday season. They stay fresh—and become more intense in flavor—when stored in an airtight container for weeks. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/4 hours + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:60 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/4 hours + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 60 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon anise extract
  • 6 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 cups finely chopped nuts
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Additional confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 146 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 73mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the molasses, water and extract. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and spices; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in nuts. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Roll dough into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Meanwhile, in a shallow bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla. Place additional confectioners' sugar in another shallow bowl. Remove cookies to wire racks; cool 5 minutes. Dip tops of warm cookies in glaze and allow excess to drip off; dip in confectioners' sugar. Cool completely on wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 10 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe does not use eggs.
Originally published as Glazed Pfeffernuesse in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2007, p132

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gjcaudera User ID: 5092916 239094
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2015

"I am so glad I found this recipe. Usually I can find these in the supermarket but have not been able to find. in the last couple of years. So now I can make my own. I will add more to this comment after I have made them."

Janadele User ID: 7087902 238501
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2015

"Good Christmas cookies for a variety."

WRL_TALO User ID: 6954584 123612
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2012

"Family & co workers alike loved these cookies. Sure they took a bit of time to prep and make but it was well worth the effort. Loved the simple glaze and used it on other cookies."

coldaug User ID: 6680641 103329
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2012

"Perfect for making ahead for the holidays, these took a little bit of time to apply the glaze and powdered sugar, but were easy enough for kids to help make!"

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