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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Rating:
★★★★★ 2 votes
Comments:
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

Step-By-Step

1Work in flour until not to sticky, but still a little moist.

2CHILL Dough Overnight, covered

3Lightly grease a large cookie sheet

4Dough is sticky, work with small amounts.

5Flour surface, dip kitchen shears into a jar of water.

6Roll dough into thin ropes, about the size of your index finger.

7Snip off small pieces of dough, about the size of your index finger joint.

8Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 min. DO NOT OVERBAKE

9Roll 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.

10Store 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