Plain or Fancy Peppernuts (Pfeffernuesse)

Angela Gray

By
@angiemath

These deliciously little fragrant cookies are full of spices and holiday goodness ! For the best flavor start with only the freshest spices, or even better grind your own! Pfeffernuesse translates to pepper nuts in German. They are believed to have come to America with immigrants in the 19th Century. German children are told by their parents that Pfeffernuesse are Santa's favorite cookie. And I do believe they are right ! This recipe was given to me by my Aunt Judy.


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Serves:

makes a lot of cookies, depending on the size you choose

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

10 Min

Ingredients

GENTLY MIX WITH A HAND MIXER THE FOLLOWING STEPS

1 c
sour cream
1 c
brown sugar, firmly packed
1 c
sugar
1/2 c
margarine

CREAM THE ABOVE INGREDIENTS

3
eggs
1 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
baking powder
2 tsp
cinnamon
1 tsp
nutmeg
1 tsp
allspice, ground
1 tsp
vanilla extract

ADD ABOVE INGREDIENTS TO THE CREAMED MIXTURE

1/2 lb
dates, ground fine
1/2 c
walnuts, ground fine

ADD IN SMALL AMOUNTS THE ABOVE INGREDIENTS, SLOWLY

3 1/2 c
all purpose flour, may use up to 4 cups

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Work in flour until not to sticky, but still a little moist.
2
CHILL Dough Overnight, covered
3
Lightly grease a large cookie sheet
4
Dough is sticky, work with small amounts.
5
Flour surface, dip kitchen shears into a jar of water.
6
Roll dough into thin ropes, about the size of your index finger.
7
Snip off small pieces of dough, about the size of your index finger joint.
8
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 min. DO NOT OVERBAKE
9
Roll the warm cookies in powdered sugar or glaze with lemon juice mixed with powdered sugar till smooth. Lightly brush on. I like them with just powdered sugar.
10
Store cookies in an airtight container, should stay fresh for weeks.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Other Tag: For Kids
Hashtags: #nuts, #spices, #dates, #Germany