Peppernuts, also called Pfeffernusse, #8

Another special holiday food that has been a part of our lives for many years now is a special kind of cookie called Pfeffernusse. Auntie Karen, one of the honorary sisters in the Kitchen, has always supplied us with these tiny, spicy little cookies that we can eat by the handful. The name, Pfeffernusse, means Peppernuts. I asked Auntie Karen to share her recipes with me and she did!

Karen writes:

Basic Pfeffernusse

This recipe makes a huge batch; it was my grandma Kroeker’s favorite!

  • 2 1/2 c. butter (marg or shortening also work)
  • 1 1/2 c. molasses
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg
  • 1 t. anise extract
  • 1/2 t. black pepper
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. cloves
  • 1 t. cardamom
  • 1 t. allspice
  • 1 t. salt
  • 9 c. cake flour ( I always use regular flour
  • 1 qt ground nuts

Mix together, adding flour to make a stiff, but not overly dry dough. Chill and roll into thin ropes, about the thickness of your little finger. ( I freeze them after this, so I can cut them 4 or so ropes at a time. Place on baking sheet with cut side up. Bake at 350-375° until golden brown. They keep for a long time in an airtight container. I like them better after they have set for a few days.

Karen has a few more recipes for pfeffernusse, so watch for those over the next few days.


3 thoughts on “Peppernuts, also called Pfeffernusse, #8

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  2. I have been looking for a recipe I thought was peppernuts. Do these cookies stay the shape they are cut? That’s what I’m looking for.

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