"This spiced cookie, traditionally prepared at Christmas, features black pepper. 'Pfeffernusse' is the German word for 'peppernuts.' The black pepper enhances the spice taste without adding heat."


25 m servings 105 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 105 kcal
  • 5%
  • Fat:
  • 4.2 g
  • 6%
  • Carbs:
  • 15.5g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 1.5 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 25 mg
  • 8%
  • Sodium:
  • 95 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Place brown sugar and butter in large mixer bowl. Cream with electric mixer until smooth and fluffy. Beat in eggs and extracts. Add remaining ingredients, except confectioners sugar, to sifted flour and sift again. Gradually add to butter mixture, mixing well. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Shape teaspoonfuls of dough into ovals and place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from cookie sheets and place on wire racks. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar while cookies are still warm. When cookies are cool, store in airtight containers.
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  1. 8 Ratings


We couldn't find Grandma's recipe so we gave this one a try. Not bad but not as dark (or as good)as we remember. We sent this recipe to Grandma and she said it was missing dark molasses. I'll...

I did not care for this recipe. These are not peppernuts as we know them over here in the Netherlands. Ingredients of peppernuts are: sugar, cacao, salt, milk powder, cacao butter, skined milk, ...

The spicy flavor is very nice BUT the consistency of the dough is all wrong. Even after 4 hours of chilling it was soft and gooey, and almost impossible to shape, more like a drop batter. The co...

Extremely good.

Not what I expected, but they were very good. I expected a harder cookie, but these are a soft cookie with great flavor. My husband really likes these.

These are great! I made the first batch a too big and only got 23 so they were bigger than I was used to. Next time I will make them smaller and use a bag to shake them in powdered sugar to get ...

I know everyone else really liked these cookies, but I thought they were worst cookies I've ever made or tasted! The black pepper was definately evident! I will not even try to make these agai...

This didn't taste anything like pfeffernusse. Even not as pfeffernusse it tasted gross. It's very very clear this recipe was nothing more than an attempt to promote as many McCormick products ...