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The snowy sugar surface of Pfeffernussen contrasts with the peppery flavor of these German cookies.




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  • MS12171593
    12 NOV, 2013
    Tried this recipe, easy to assemble, taste is good; just not as spicy as I thought they would/should be. I should have read the reviews first and realized anise was the missing ingredient. Other than that, they are good. I had intended to give as a gift, but think I will make a second batch and put in anise. I didn't find mine to be dry, just not spicy enough.
  • Marilyn Todd
    24 DEC, 2012
    This is not a true Pfeffernuet cookie - they need anise seed, anise oil, molasses, honey - and shapped into a roll, refrigerated and then baked. They are meant to be a cookie for dunking.
  • Barbara Bowen
    23 DEC, 2012
    I thought these cookies were a little on the dry side and not very spicey as I'm accustomed to. My husband recognized what was missing right away. The cookies need anise. So I'm putting in a tsp. of anise extract in my second batch.
  • Kornelia Santoro
    17 OCT, 2012
    The proper name for this recipe is Pfeffernuesse and they don't look right. The original Pfeffernuesse, a German Christmas cookie I have grown up with, are not covered in icing sugar. They should get a kind of foot during baking and they should spring open in the middle.
  • MS11874039
    10 DEC, 2011
    I used 1tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger, and 1/4 tsp cloves, and they were so yummy I know I'll make them again and again over the holidays!
  • yooperchicks
    5 DEC, 2011
    A bit dry and the spice flavor is too subtle. I would add a bit more of all the spices and a few T less flour. You also won't need 1 1/4 cup 10x sugar. I probably used about 1/2 cup, and as another reader suggested, tossed them in a small plastic bag.
  • ajjavila
    11 NOV, 2011
    Looks like a Sandie! Does it have a similar taste/texture?
  • fefee44305345
    22 DEC, 2010
    I agree with the comment below that the cookies should be made on the small side--less than a tablespoon each.
  • fefee44305345
    22 DEC, 2010
    I made this cookies because of all of the positive comments. I thought they were good, but not great.
  • ZamoraDa
    4 DEC, 2010
    These cookies are absolutely delicious. The molasses flavor is only intensified by the confectioners' sugar and it lingers! A definite must try and excellent addition to any well versed cookie collection.

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