RECIPE: Pfeffernuesse Cookie recipe

ruthzDecember 17, 2010

I can't find my favorite Pfeffernuesse cookie recipe.

Can anyone help???

It does not have,

any nuts

any kind of fruit or citron pieces

It does have

lots of spices including cracked anise seeds, cardamon

and I believe molasses

Its not the very very crunchy one (I have made this one)

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This is a Martha Stewart recipe I haven't tried yet. You could sub 4 drops of oil of anise for the vanilla. And add 1/4 tsp. cardamom.
Would love to see your recipe if you find it.


The snowy sugar surface of Pfeffernussen contrasts with the peppery flavor of these German cookies.

Makes 3 dozen

1 1/4 cups pd sugar
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup firmly packed light-brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the confectioners' sugar in a brown paper bag.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, pepper, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and baking soda. Set aside.

Place butter, brown sugar, and molasses in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture; beat until just combined. Pinch off dough in tablespoon amounts; roll into 1 1/4-inch balls. Arrange balls 1 1/2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. (Dough can be frozen at this point, covered tightly with plastic wrap, up to 1 month.)

Bake until cookies are golden and firm to the touch with slight cracking, about 15 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Transfer sheets to a wire rack to cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Working in batches, place cookies in paper bag; shake until well coated. Let cool completely on wire rack. Store in an airtight container.

From Holiday Baking 2002, Special Issue 2002

    Bookmark   December 20, 2010 at 8:54PM
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Thanks iris_gal, may try this next year.
I mixed my cookie dough yesterday from a recipe I found online. I'm baking them now.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2010 at 9:28AM
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