Pebber Nodder (Danish Christmas Cookies) Recipe -
Pebber Nodder (Danish Christmas Cookies) Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Pebber Nodder (Danish Christmas Cookies)

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"These cookies are like little bites of Christmas. Cinnamon and cardamom flavor these little shortbread nuggets."

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Original recipe makes 100 cookies Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    25 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, stirring until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, cardamom and cinnamon; stir into the sugar mixture just until blended.
  3. Separate the dough into 6 balls, and roll each ball into a rope about as big around as your finger on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces, and place them on an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 06, 2008

This is one of the cookies my Scandinavian grandfather used to make every Christmas that made memories in my family. Grandpa passed away 4 years ago, and was too frail to make them for at least a few years before that. So, it's been a long time since I have eaten one. I knew the ingredients, but didn't know the ratios. Thank you so much for posting this. I did double the cardamom and cinnamon, and added a dash of ginger and cloves. I am giving this recipe a 4 because it's missing two vital ingredients to traditional Danish Pebber Nodder, which I just played with until I felt the taste was just right. It was roughly 1/2 tsp of mace, and 1/4 tsp of white pepper. I made these for my annual cookie exchange. They were so good to snack on and they made perfect neighbor gifts put into small mason jars with pretty ribbon and a homemade tag. Thank you for giving me back an old family tradition, and giving me a fond way of remembering my grandfather.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 09, 2008

As a true dane I must say that this recipe is incomplete. As the name Peber Nodder indicates the recipe calls for Pepper! To get the real flavor of this traditional cookie you must add white pepper and ginger. As a child I made these every year with my mom and we never went through the trouble of rolling, we simply plugged little pieces of the dough and rolled them into balls in our hands. Much more fun and the whole family can participate.

Dec 01, 2007

I had never heard of cardamom so went to the store to get it. After bringing it home and smelling it I almost didn't use it. But......these cookies are fabulous!!! I rolled mine in about 1/2 inch balls, rolled them in granulated sugar and baked for 10 mins. These are wonderful with coffee or hot tea. I also added 1 tsp. vanilla simply because I add vanilla to all cookie and cake recipes I think will benefit from it. These were awesome!!!!! My husband smelled the cardamom also and wrinkled his nose up. He's a real cookie fan and eats cookies and milk every night before bed. After they finished, he couldn't keep his hands off. A great benefit from baking these cookies?????? The house smells wonderful!!!!!!!

Feb 22, 2005

This makes 100???? They disappeared too fast for me to count! I tried rolling and cutting as directed, but found that just rolling into little balls made them look more presentable. Although, judging from their disappearance, presentation had little effect on the family. For Christmas, I think I'd roll them in raw sugar to make them a bit "prettier" - and maybe try rolling and twisting a few into a "pretzel" shape, then dip into sugar. Maybe even add a tsp. (or less) of black pepper, for a spicier cookie and roll into powdered sugar after baking. The dough seems like it'd be versatile enough to do that. The best part of the cookies, *I* think, is the crispy little bottoms that make them so chewy. I think we'll have to use this recipe more often than for Christmas. (Since we're at high altitude, I also added a bit extra flour...)

Oct 20, 2005

Delicious and easy! I followed the recipe exactly. The narrower I rolled the dough the crunchier the nuggets baked up. This was my first time using the spice cardamom-what a lovely aroma and taste! My kids loved these and they were an easy quiet snack for church.

Nov 05, 2007

I doubled the cinnamon and cardamom, added a dash of salt and a half-teaspoon of vanilla. I also rolled them into small balls and coated with granulated sugar before baking. Not too sweet, aromatic, and scrumptous--definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing!

Dec 03, 2005

This recipe was excellent!! I rolled them in Christmas sprinkles before baking and they turned out great!!

May 17, 2005

quite good. like the other reviewer, I just made them as drop cookies. After 10 min they weren't quite done but the bottoms looked like they were getting brown so I dropped the temp to 300 and baked them another 3 minutes.


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  • Calories
  • 37 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 4.4 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 9 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 2 g
  • 3%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.5 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 15 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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