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Pfeffernuesse Recipe

"These mild spice cookies, perfect for dunking, come from an old family recipe," shares Betty Hawkshaw of Alexandria, Virginia.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. YIELD:48 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 6-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup crushed aniseed
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • 1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a bowl, combine corn syrup, molasses and water; set aside. Combine the flour, aniseed, baking soda and spices; add to creamed mixture alternately with molasses mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • 2. Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 11 minutes or until golden brown. Roll warm cookies in confectioners' sugar. Cool on wire racks. Yield: 8 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 137 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 73 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.