Pfeffernuesse Recipe

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Susan Pagano


When I was growing up it wasn't really Christmas until Mom brought home Archway's Pfeffernuesse cookies. Once I got married I decided to try to make my own. They turned out quite well although they taste nothing like Archway's. Now that Archway no longer makes them I have started baking my own again. I've gotten rave reviews on them. These cookies have a denser texture than Archway's but they are very rich tasting.

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4 1/2 dozen cookies
1 Hr 30 Min
10 Min


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3/4 c
light molasses
1/2 c
beaten eggs
4 1/4 c
sifted flour
6 1/2 c
granulated sugar
1 1/4 tsp
baking soda
1 1/2 tsp
ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp
ground cloves
1/2 tsp
ground nutmeg
black pepper
confectioner's sugar

How to Make Pfeffernuesse


  • 1In a small saucepan combine molasses and butter. Cook and stir constantly until butter melts. Transfer to large bowl. Put aside and cool to room temperature.
  • 2Stir in 2 beaten eggs.
  • 3In separate bowl mix together flour,granulated sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and pepper.
  • 4Add flour mix to molasses mix in stages and mix until well incorporated with wooden spoon.
  • 5Wrap in wax paper and chill for 1 hour.
  • 6Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • 7Bake on greased cookie sheet for 12 minutes and cool.
  • 8Once cool roll each cookie in confectioner's sugar being sure to coat well.

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About Pfeffernuesse

Course/Dish: Cookies, Other Snacks
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: German

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