These deliciously little fragrant cookies are full of spices and holiday goodness ! For the best flavor start with only the freshest spices, or even better grind your own! Pfeffernuesse translates to pepper nuts in German. They are believed to have come to America with immigrants in the 19th Century. German children are told by their parents that Pfeffernuesse are Santa's favorite cookie. And I do believe they are right ! This recipe was given to me by my Aunt Judy.