Ted Wildman


Pepernoten are originally a Dutch treat, baked during 'Sinterklaas', a feast on 5 December (6 December in Belgium and Germany) on which little children receive gifts from the holy St. Nicholas, the partial inspiration for Santa Claus. In Germany, Pfeffernüsse are traditionally made during the Christmas season. These were family favorites growing up and this is one of my Grandma's recipes past down from my Great Grandmother. My great Grandfather still spoke fluent German and he loved to call me snicklefritz.


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5 dozen
1 Hr 10 Min
1 Hr


  • 3 1/2 c
    all purpose flower
  • 2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp
    ginger powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    clove, ground
  • 1/2` tsp
    cardamon, ground
  • 1 1/4 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1 c
    butter, room temperature
  • 1 c
  • 1/4 c
    dark molasses
  • 1
  • ·
    powdered sugar

How to Make Pfeffernüsse


  1. Grease cookie sheets, Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place flour, clove, salt, pepper, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, cardamon, and baking soda in a large bowl; stir to combine.
  3. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with mixer: Beat in molasses and egg.
  4. Gradually add flour mixture. Beat at low speed until dough forms. Wrap dough in in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm.
  5. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Dust with sifted powdered sugar.

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About Pfeffernüsse

Course/Dish: Cookies
Other Tag: For Kids

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