Easy Pfeffernusse Cookies Recipe: This Delicious European Spice Cookie Recipe Tastes & Smells Like the Holidays by 30Seconds Food

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Easy Pfeffernusse Cookies Recipe: This Delicious European Spice Cookie Recipe Tastes & Smells Like the Holidays

Pfeffernusse are spice cookies popular in Germany, The Netherlands and Denmark. These delicious Christmas cookies are popular holiday desserts, filled with various ground spices and sweeteners. A few spices that are found often in Pfeffernusse dessert recipes are molasses, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, anise and black pepper. 

Anise is the dominant spice in this fragrant cookie recipe, and some choose to omit the black pepper. These aromatic cookies smell similar to gingerbread cookies and, like many cookie recipes of this type, they have endless variations. Here's an easy Pfeffernusse recipe to try this Christmas.

Cuisine: European
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 9 to 12 minutes

Total Time: 24 to 27 minutes


Here's how to make them:

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg, ginger, salt, allspice and cloves in a bowl. 
  2. Make a well in the center and add the melted and cooled butter, molasses, egg and anise extract. Beat on low speed until combined.
  3. Roll the dough into balls and arrange on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets. Bake in a preheated 325-degree F oven for 9-12 minutes, or until edges are set. Remove and cool a few minutes before rolling in the powdered sugar. 

Note: Instead of rolling the cookies in powdered sugar, you could frost them with vanilla cake icing.

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I love the old-fashioned goodness of this cookie! 😋
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
My old world grandma used to make these and we'd eat them every Christmas. Remember these, Kathy Ast-Kutzbach ? I can't wait to try making them myself! #yum
Kathy Ast
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds yes I remember. I can smell them now...so yummy!!
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
They have a very distinct aroma and flavor. I think it's the anise. I just loved their shapes and the fact that Grandma made them. That's why they are close to my heart, Kathy Ast-Kutzbach ! Donna John , did you grandma make these, too?

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