Pfeffernusse is a traditional German cookie that reminds me of gingerbread. The spices are similar: cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg. The difference is the addition of black pepper. The word pfeffernusse literally translates to “pepper nuts.” The pepper gives the spiced cookies a depth of flavor. I glaze mine with a powdered sugar glaze and a sprinkling of more pepper, but you can also top the cookies with powdered sugar or even eat the spicy little treats plain.
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 3/4 cup of packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup of molasses
- 1 tablespoons of honey
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon of cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
- 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
- 6 tablespoons of milk
- 1 1/4 cups of powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper plus extra
- Cream together the butter and brown sugar.
- Add the molasses, honey, egg, and vanilla to the butter mixture.
- Combine thoroughly
- Combine the baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, ground pepper, and flour in a separate bowl.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
- Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 350°.
- Roll the chilled dough into 1-inch strands.
- Cut the dough into 1/2-inch pieces.
- Roll the pieces into balls.
- Place the dough balls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Allow the baked cookies to cool thoroughly.
- Combine the milk, powdered sugar, and freshly ground pepper to form a glaze.
- Dip the baked pfeffernusse cookies in the glaze.
- Sprinkled the glazed cookies with a pinch of freshly ground pepper.
- Store the pfeffernusse in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Pfeffernusse Cookie Recipe © 2019 Heather Johnson
Wet Ingredients for Pfeffernusse Cookies © 2019 Heather Johnson
Spices for Pfeffernusse Cookies © 2019 Heather Johnson
Chilled Dough for Pfeffernusse Cookies © 2019 Heather Johnson
Cutting the Dough for Pfeffernusse Cookies © 2019 Heather Johnson
Dough Balls for Pfeffernusse Cookies © 2019 Heather Johnson
Baked Pfeffernusse Cookies © 2019 Heather Johnson
Glazing the Pfeffernusse Cookies © 2019 Heather Johnson
Glazed Pfeffernusse Cookies Drying © 2019 Heather Johnson
Glazed Pfeffernusse Cookies © 2019 Heather Johnson
Pfeffernusse Cookies © 2019 Heather Johnson