German Pfeffernüsse

The name literally translates in German to “pepper nuts”. There are many variations on this recipe depending on country and region. But one thing that most of them have in common is that they have black or white pepper as an ingredient. Don’t let the pepper scare you off, they’re delicious! This is one of my favorite Pfeffernüsse recipes that I’ve tried. They’re much smaller than any of the other Christmas cookies that I make. They’re very addictive and their small peanut size makes them easy to snack on. Other than their deliciousness, one thing I love about these cookies is how wonderful your whole house will smell while your baking!

German Pfeffernüsse

  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cups firmly-packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together  your flour, baking powder and spices.
  3. In another large bowl, mix together the brown sugar and eggs.
  4. Slowly mix together your dry ingredients into the egg mixture until a soft dough is formed.
  5. Roll your dough out into thin logs about the thickness of a pencil and cut crosswise into about 1/4 inch pieces.
  6. Sprinkle the pieces onto the lined cookie sheets. Separate any pieces that stick together.
  7. Bake cookies 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. let the cookies cool then break apart any that stick together. The cookies will become crunchy as they cool.
  8. Store in an airtight container
Posted by on December 9th, 2010