Our Christmas Traditional Pfeffernusse
There hasn't been a winter holiday I haven't made each of the recipes from my family.
From Grandmother's rich butter cookies, Mom's gingerbread boys, rumballs, & Aunt Nora's Gingerbread Cake.
Cooking started in October with the fruitcakes being stored.
Then Novemeber would come & some cookies would be put in tins to store, soften & to develop their flavor and fragrance.
- 4 1/2 c
- flour sifted before measuring
- 1/4 tsp
- baking soda, sifted with flour
- 1 1/4 tsp
- each of cloves, nutmeg,
- 1/4 tsp
- 1/3 tsp
- freshly ground finely pepper
- 1 3/4 tsp
- freshly ground finely anise seed
- extra large eggs, beaten slightly
- 2 c
- firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp
- chopped hazelnuts (optional)
- grated orange or lemon peel
- 1/2 tsp
- powdered sugar
- large egg whites
- 1 Tbsp
- lyle's golden syrup
- cup powdered sugar, maybe a little more
FOR HARD COATING
How to Make Our Christmas Traditional Pfeffernusse
- 1Traditionally these are started the first week of December and stored until Christmas Eve.
- 2Add all dry ingredients together, except the brown sugar. Add the orange zest, eggs, chopped nuts and brown sugar to the flour mixture. Mix well with your hands.
- 3Roll into a long roll on a lightly flours surface. Set in icebox for a couple of houses.
- 4Sit down and have a nice cup of coffee, tea or hot choocolate, you deserve it. Oh, go on have a cookie too, you know you want one.
- 5Cut dough..form into balls, with lightly floured hands, to the size of walnuts.
- 6Place Pfeffernusse on a lightly greased coated cookie sheet.
- 7Cover balls with a flour towel and let stand till room temp.
- 8Oh, go on have another cup of coffee, tea, Hot Swiss Miss and a sandwich.
- 9Bake at 350* in a preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
- 10Place warm cookies in powered sugar to coat.
- 11Or let them cool on a rack. And then roll them in the frosting..set them on a rack to drip that has waxpaper underneath.
- 12Store in cookie tins, glass jar, or coffee cans between waxpaper. Put a right lid on and store till Christmas Eve.