German Christmas Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch


12 dozen

Updated: Jan. 28, 2023
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
German Christmas Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 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 zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon anise extract
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped candied citron
  • Confectioners' sugar


  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.

Nutrition Facts

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