Pfeffernusse III

Pfeffernusse III

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Kathy Plew
Recipe by  Kathy Plew

“A spicy holiday treat! Crisp and good with a cup of tea.”

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Adjust Servings

Original recipe yields 4 dozen



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir in the orange rind and nuts.
  3. In a medium size bowl, beat eggs and sugar until thick. Blend in flour mixture to make a smooth dough.
  4. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, place onto ungreased baking sheets and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, until light brown.

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These are called pfeffernusse because they are supposed to have pepper in them. Where is it??? This is just a light spice cookie. Add 1/4 t black or white pepper for a true pfeffernusse taste. Also, these cookies are supposed to be aged for about 2 weeks for maximal flavor. They will be bland when first out of the oven.



I wouldn't call these cookies "spicy" --in fact I would be tempted to use more spice next time, but they are certainly good. A delicate flavor and not too much fat. Only the eggs and walnuts contribute fat to this recipe. I also rolled some of the cookies in powdered sugar before baking them; they turned out very cute (without the powdered sugar they're pretty unimpressive brown lumps). My German professor had seconds and thirds, so I call this a success. (But I found that they didn't need to be baked quite as long as the recipe called for. 10 minutes is about sufficient).

Jan Wirch-Wright

Jan Wirch-Wright

I made these beauties for my American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR) chapter's annual Christmas Cookie exchange - they are really good! These cookies are crisp, not overly sweet with a bite of ginger -The addition of orange zest really makes the cookie wonderful! They were a big hit with this crowd who really knows their German cookies!

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Amount Per Serving (24 total)

  • Calories
  • 168 cal
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 4.2 g
  • 6%
  • Carbs
  • 30 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 3.4 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 35 mg
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 53 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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