Pfeffernuesse Cookies Recipe
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Pfeffernuesse Cookies Recipe

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A German holiday tradition, these fragrant cookies pack a warm rush of spices in every bite. Also called peppernuts, they go wonderfully with coffee or tea.—Joanne Nelson, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:120 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 120 servings


  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons anise extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. In a small saucepan, combine molasses, honey, butter and shortening. Cook and stir over medium heat until melted. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature. Stir in eggs and extract.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, pepper and salt. Gradually add molasses mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 325°. Roll dough into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove cookies to wire racks. Roll warm cookies in confectioners' sugar. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 10 dozen.
Originally published as Pfeffernusse Cookies in Country Woman December/January 2013 , p27

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Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 258563
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2016

"oh heck yah I'll be making these BUT, being Norwegian we bump up the spices even more-can't wait.

I was very disappointed with the molasses cookies I made and the ginger snaps as well. this seems sure to be a sure fire pleaser."

Deester User ID: 119142 237873
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

"Have made these the past couple years and everyone raved about them!"

booandollie User ID: 6639947 139131
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"I thought the spices were good in this cookie but they failed to impress me, they were more like a molasses/spice cookie. I will go back to the recipe I've always used & won't make these again."

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