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"For the holiday season."

Ingredients {{adjustedServings}} servings 131 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 131 kcal
  • 7%
  • Fat:
  • 3.9 g
  • 6%
  • Carbs:
  • 22.8g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 1.8 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 21 mg
  • 7%
  • Sodium:
  • 74 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat molasses with butter, stirring until butter melts. Cool to room temperature. Beat egg and stir into molasses mixture.
  2. Thoroughly mix dry ingredients, except fruit sugar. Add dry mixture to molasses and butter gradually. Blend thoroughly.
  3. Shape into small balls. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 10-12 minutes. Roll in fruit sugar while warm. Store in a tightly covered tin to keep them semisoft.
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  1. 7 Ratings


I absolutely love this recipe! I found it on here a few years ago, and with a few minor tweaks it is the best pfefferneusse I've ever had (the closest to my grandmother's recipe I've been able to find) The changes I made: increase the butter and molasses to 1/2 cup each, and double the cinnamon and nutmeg. Do not, under any circumstances, increase the ginger as it will make your cookies taste soapy. This cookie is great to give away and I get begged for the recipe every year.


They're awesome! This recipe is very good and accurate even if it's short. I think these peppernuts are excellent also with teas and herbal infusions. My mother, who is a conservative of the Italian cuisine found them fantastic. Just, if you can, make them all of the same dimension. Scarlet from Italy

Pam Ziegler Lutz

These are such cute little cookies. Unfortunately, I didn't really care for them. I followed the recipe exactly as far as the ingredients are concerned. The only exception I was forced to make was the fructose - I couldn't find it anywhere in my area. I used confectioner's sugar. These basically tast like flour - with and without the sugar coating. I rolled some into balls as suggested in the recipe, but chose to make the little "pillows" by rolling a rope and cutting that into small pieces. Sorry, but we just didn't enjoy them.