European Spice Cookie Recipe Smells & Tastes Like the Holidays by 30Seconds Food

European Spice Cookie Recipe Smells & Tastes 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 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 and holiday season.

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

Total Time: 24 to 27 minutes
Servings: 24 (depends on size)


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Recipe Notes

  • Instead of rolling the cookies in powdered sugar, you could frost them with vanilla cake icing.
  • Store the cookies in airtight containers on the counter for snacking throughout the season.

Here's how to make it:

  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 to 12 minutes, or until edges are set. Remove and cool a few minutes before rolling in the powdered sugar. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 128

Total Fat: 5.1g

Saturated Fat: 3.1g

Cholesterol: 18mg

Sodium: 59mg

Total Carbohydrate: 19.5g

Dietary Fiber: 1.6g

Total Sugars: 7.4g

Protein: 1.9g

Vitamin D: 1mcg

Calcium: 30mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 144mg

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I love the old-fashioned goodness of this cookie! 😋
Elisa Schmitz
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 yummy!!
Elisa Schmitz
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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