Pfeffernuesse IV


"A traditional German holiday cookie."


5 h servings 77 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 77 kcal
  • 4%
  • Fat:
  • 1.8 g
  • 3%
  • Carbs:
  • 14.2g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium:
  • 41 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine molasses and butter. Heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter is melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. When the mixture has cooled, beat in the eggs. Blend the molasses mixture into the dry ingredients until evenly mixed. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 to 4 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place them 2 inches apart onto the cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm. While cookies are still warm, toss them in a bag with confectioners' sugar and toss to coat. When cool, toss with sugar again.
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  1. 9 Ratings


This recipe is excellent, just like my German grandmother used to make for us during the holidays! To those who say that this is not a traditional "peppernut" I say BAH! Not everyone likes Anis...

Having a 100% German mother and Grandmother this is more a molasses cookie than Pfeffernuesse although it does make a pretty good molasses cookie-if you want real Pffernuesse look for a recipe w...

I don't know what "traditional" pfeffernuesse tastes like, but this recipe is great. Instead of dusting them with powdered sugar I made a thick glaze of powdered sugar, vanilla and water and dip...

These are FANTASTIC - I just made these for Christmas cookies and I am going to have to make another batch because we can't stop eating them! This was a different cookie technique, with the mel...

Good! This is one of those recipes that needs to "marinate". The cookies did not have much flavour at first, but each day, they became increasingly flavourful. A keeper.

Excellent recipe. The best on line.

This was ok...i guess I was expecting something different. Too cakelike for me but the taste did improve the next day. I even added more spices than what it asked for. Maybe I'll make again but ...

Not quite the taste I was looking for, but very good. I used organic blackstrap molasses, and whole wheat flour because I once again forgot to get more all-purpose. Turned out very well, will ma...