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Pfeffernuesse Cookies Recipe

Pfeffernuesse Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD: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.

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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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