Pfeffernuesse Cookies

Pfeffernuesse Cookies

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Pfeffernusse Cookies with Spiced Powdered Sugar

December 23rd is National Pfeffernuesse Day! Let’s celebrate by learning more about these little holiday cookies. Pfeffernusse Cookies with Spiced Powdered Sugar are a true classic cookie. They are the perfect cookies for dunking into hot mulled cider, mugs of hot tea, hot chocolate or a steaming mug of Glühwein. Traditionally Pfeffernusse cookies are served plain but a quick shake in a bag of spiced powdered sugar is the perfect ending to an already delicious cookie.

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Pfeffernuesse Information

Pfeffernuesse Cookies are one of the oldest and most popular holiday cookie in Germany, Denmark and The Netherlands. Known as Pepernoten in Dutch (plural), Pebernødder in Danish and Pepper Nuts in English. Pfeffernüesse cookies are so beloved in many European Countries that there is a National Pfeffernüesse Day, held each year on December 23rd in honor of these spicy little cookies.

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5 Food Facts about Pfeffernüesse~

  1. A traditional Christmastime cookie whose name translate to “pepper nuts” in English.
  2. Spicy, small, round cookies, made with butter, molasses, and lots of spices.
  3. Pfeffernüsse are hard when they come out of the oven but soften with time, if they last that long!
  4. Cookies that are a variant of the German Lebkuchen or gingerbread.
  5. Pfeffernüsse are a special treat left for children by St Nicholas.

 

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Too Roll or Not to Roll

Many recipes call for rolling or shaking each warm Pfeffernüesse cookie in a spiced powdered sugar mixture to coat. My Grandma made Pfeffernüesse cookies each and every holiday season but she never rolled her cookies in powdered sugar. I think she was trying to avoid a mess that her grand-kids were sure to make while eating these tiny spicy cookies. I have carried on her tradition of not dusting Pfeffernüesse cookies in spiced powdered sugar but feel free to do so if you wish.

 
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Pepper Nuts

A crunchy, spicy cookie.

Course: Cookies
Cuisine: All-American, German
Keyword: cookies, German, spicy
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons anise or vanilla extract
  • Spiced Powdered Sugar:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
Directions
  1. In a large heavy, non-reactive 1 to 1 1/2 quart saucepan, combine the molasses, honey and butter. Place the saucepan over low heat, stir until the butter has melted and all ingredients are completely combined. Stir until mixture is creamy. Do not boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat, pour the mixture into a large bowl. Set aside. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  2. While the mixture is cooling, sift together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, cardamom, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, black pepper and salt in a separate bowl. When the molasses mixture has reached room temperature, stir in beaten eggs and the anise or vanilla extract. With a large wooden spoon, gradually stir in the sifted dry ingredients. Stir until everything is thoroughly combined. Dough will be very sift. Chill dough for 2 hours or longer.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Scoop out 1 to 2 tablespoons of cookie dough with a cookie dough scoop or melon baller. Roll cookie dough between the palms of your hands. Place dough balls onto parchment lined baking sheets, press down lightly.
  5. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until firm to the touch, remove from oven.
  6. Cool cookies on sheets for 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack or *Shake in Spice Powdered Sugar* while still warm. Let cool completely. Store cookies in an air tight container

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Kitchen Tip: *Spices*
Pfeffernüesse cookies call for the use of several different spices. If you live near a store that sells spices by the bulk such as Bulk Priced Food Shoppe, or Penzeys Spices, I would suggest buying just the amount of spices you will need. You can purchase bulk spices for as little as .10¢ per teaspoon.
If your looking for more German inspired recipes, we have quite a few here on Turnips 2 Tangerines. German Sour Cherry Cake is a real favorite. Germany is well know for their sweets. Cookies, Kuchen, Black Forest Cake is only the tip of the iceberg.
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Spiced Powdered Sugar
Prep Time
10 mins
 

Delicious used on any number of sweets.

Course: Cookies
Cuisine: All-American, German
Keyword: cookies, German, powdered sugar, spices
Ingredients
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
Directions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together powdered sugar and spices
  2. Place spiced powdered sugar mixture into a gallon size ziplock freezer baggie.
  3. Drop a few warm cookies into the mixture.
  4. Shake gently to coat. Repeat until all cookies are coated.

 


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