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


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


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.

About Pfeffernuesse

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