Peggi Anne Tebben


These are a German Christmas Cookie. My husband had this recipe when I met him & I have been making them for about 30 years now.
They are a small, hard cookie & are great!
You form these into rolls about as big around as a dime & chill, then slice thin & bake. I usually make about 1000 of these to put in Christmas goodies boxes.


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1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup crisco
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. anise oil
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. soda dissolved in 1/2 cup hot strong coffee
1/4 tsp. cloves
1 cup pecans, ground
*6 to 8 cups flour

How to Make PEPPERNUTS COOKIES (Pfeffernusse)


  • 1Cream sugars and shortening well.
  • 2Mix in anise oil and egg.
  • 3Add coffee solution.
  • 4Add salt and spices to 1 cup of flour and sift.
  • 5Mix into batter.
  • 6Add ground pecans and enough of the remaining flour to make a stiff dough.
    *I've never had to use more than 6 cups of flour.
  • 7Roll into dime-size rolls, place on tray and chill.
  • 8Cut thin, spread on baking sheet and bake at 325° to 350° for 10 minutes or until hard.

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About PEPPERNUTS COOKIES (Pfeffernusse)

Course/Dish: Cookies, Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: German
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free, Wheat Free
Other Tag: For Kids
Hashtag: #peppernuts

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