"This spiced cookie, traditionally prepared at Christmas, features black pepper. 'Pfeffernusse' is the German word for 'peppernuts.' The black pepper enhances the spice taste without adding heat." — McCormick® & Company
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firmly packed light brown sugar
butter or margarine, softened
McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
McCormick® Pure Lemon Extract
McCormick® Pure Anise Extract
McCormick® Ground Cinnamon
McCormick® Ground Black Pepper
McCormick® Ground Nutmeg
McCormick® Ground Cloves
1 3/4 cups
sifted all-purpose flour
We couldn't find Grandma's recipe so we gave this one a try. Not bad but not as dark (or as good)as we remember. We sent this recipe to Grandma and she said it was missing dark molasses. I'll post her recipe when she sends it.
I did not care for this recipe. These are not peppernuts as we know them over here in the Netherlands. Ingredients of peppernuts are: sugar, cacao, salt, milk powder, cacao butter, skined milk, vanilla, speculaas, cinnamon, pepper, and vegetable fat
The spicy flavor is very nice BUT the consistency of the dough is all wrong. Even after 4 hours of chilling it was soft and gooey, and almost impossible to shape, more like a drop batter. The cookies baked up round and flat. I added another 2/3 cup of flour to make the dough manageable, and it didn't seem to make a significant change in the taste.
Not what I expected, but they were very good. I expected a harder cookie, but these are a soft cookie with great flavor. My husband really likes these.
These are great! I made the first batch a too big and only got 23 so they were bigger than I was used to. Next time I will make them smaller and use a bag to shake them in powdered sugar to get a more even coating. I also noticed a slight pepper after taste not evident in store bought which are nearly impossible to find in South Carolina since Archway went out of business. I may cut back or eliminate the pepper depending on what my family thinks.
I know everyone else really liked these cookies, but I thought they were worst cookies I've ever made or tasted! The black pepper was definately evident! I will not even try to make these again.
This didn't taste anything like pfeffernusse. Even not as pfeffernusse it tasted gross. It's very very clear this recipe was nothing more than an attempt to promote as many McCormick products as possible. Using a different brand for each of the items wouldn't have magically made this cookie taste good. This isn't a traditional cookie, it's an advertisement, and it tastes like it. Skip this recipe.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/25 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 25
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 105
** Calories from Fat: 38