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German Spice Cookies (Pfeffernusse)

Recipe photo courtesy of Mike Krautter

German for "pepper nut," pfeffernusse cookies are named for the pinch of pepper added to the dough before baking. It joins a quartet of warm spices -- cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.

Source: Martha Bakes, Episode 904




To decorate (optional)



You can skip the glaze and decorations and finish the cookies with confectioners' sugar instead. Place 1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar in a brown paper bag. After baking, transfer sheets to a wire rack to cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Working in batches, place cookies in paper bag; shake until well coated. Let cool completely on wire rack.

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  • halfnelson79079
    8 APR, 2018
    My all time favorite cookies! I could have them, breakfast lunch and dinner!! Just brew a nice strong pot of tea! I tried just sprinkling powder sugar, once. Give me the hard shells!! They are rather messy, but, oh so worth it!! Thanx for sharing this recipe!!raf

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