"These nut-sized cookies are spiced with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and pepper. They are called Pepperkaker, in Norway."


servings 51 cals
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Original recipe yields 96 servings



  • Calories:
  • 51 kcal
  • 3%
  • Fat:
  • 2.2 g
  • 3%
  • Carbs:
  • 7.1g
  • 2%
  • Protein:
  • 0.9 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium:
  • 42 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar together until light. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Stir in dry ingredients 1/2 cup at a time. Add almonds, if desired.
  5. Roll into one inch balls and arrange 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 11 to 14 minutes.
  6. Cool and store in airtight containers for 3 days to mellow flavors.



I love these cookies. They remind me of my grandmother's cookies from Germany. I make the recipe exactly as is BUT after I pull them from the oven I put them in a bag of powdered sugar and coa...

My favorite of the Pfeffernusse recipes... it tastes like the ones my grandmother makes. I did both a normal batch, and following another reviewer's suggestion, a batch with double the spices (e...

Nice crunchy cookie, great for the holidays. I did double the spices (except the pepper) and was still wishing for more spiced flavor, so I'd probably triple them next time. I also cut the sug...

Very unusual flavor for a cookie- very spicy and not especially sweet. I enjoyed them for breakfast with a cup of tea.

These cookies are fabulous! Not a sweet treat, but a wonderful spicy cookie. My husband loves Pfeffernusse, and I had never made them. He raved about them. Warn the readers that the dough is dry...

I loved these! I ran out of cardamom, so I used some nutmeg and cloves in place. I also added vanilla and about 1 tablespoon of honey. These are great with black coffee! I later thought adding i...

I was looking for a recipe that had a different unique taste to it. These sounded good so I made them according to the recipe, adding in the optional almonds. (I toasted them first in the oven...

I am a firm believer in trying the original recipe before making modifications, unless of course there is an obvious error in the ingredients. I followed the recipe exactly and really enjoyed th...

I made this recipe without the cardamom and almonds. I used black pepper instead of white pepper. Over all I really liked the cookie. I also added a power sugar icing to the top of the cookies...