European Spice Cookie Recipe (Pfeffernusse) Smells & Tastes Like the Holidays by 30Seconds Food
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 Pfeffernusse 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. Instead of rolling the cookies in powdered sugar, you could frost them with vanilla cake icing.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 9 to 12 minutes
Total Time: 24 to 27 minutes
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper or white pepper (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon anise extract
- powdered sugar
Here's how to make it:
- Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg, ginger, salt, allspice and cloves in a bowl.
- Make a well in the center and add the melted and cooled butter, molasses, egg and anise extract. Beat on low speed until combined.
- 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.
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