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"These nut-sized cookies are spiced with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and pepper. They are called Pepperkaker, in Norway."
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servings 51 cals
Original recipe yields 96 servings (16 dozen)


  • Calories:
  • 51 kcal
  • 3%
  • Fat:
  • 2.2 g
  • 3%
  • Carbs:
  • 7.1g
  • 2%
  • Protein:
  • 0.9 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium:
  • 42 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar together until light. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Stir in dry ingredients 1/2 cup at a time. Add almonds, if desired.
  5. Roll into one inch balls and arrange 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 11 to 14 minutes.
  6. Cool and store in airtight containers for 3 days to mellow flavors.

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I love these cookies. They remind me of my grandmother's cookies from Germany. I make the recipe exactly as is BUT after I pull them from the oven I put them in a bag of powdered sugar and coa...

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The cookie is ok, but they are so many other kinds that I would rather have. I will admit that I am rating this before the three day period in the frig. It the get better, I will report back.

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I love these cookies. They remind me of my grandmother's cookies from Germany. I make the recipe exactly as is BUT after I pull them from the oven I put them in a bag of powdered sugar and coa...

My favorite of the Pfeffernusse recipes... it tastes like the ones my grandmother makes. I did both a normal batch, and following another reviewer's suggestion, a batch with double the spices (e...

Nice crunchy cookie, great for the holidays. I did double the spices (except the pepper) and was still wishing for more spiced flavor, so I'd probably triple them next time. I also cut the sug...

Very unusual flavor for a cookie- very spicy and not especially sweet. I enjoyed them for breakfast with a cup of tea.

I am a firm believer in trying the original recipe before making modifications, unless of course there is an obvious error in the ingredients. I followed the recipe exactly and really enjoyed th...

These cookies are fabulous! Not a sweet treat, but a wonderful spicy cookie. My husband loves Pfeffernusse, and I had never made them. He raved about them. Warn the readers that the dough is dry...

I was looking for a recipe that had a different unique taste to it. These sounded good so I made them according to the recipe, adding in the optional almonds. (I toasted them first in the oven...

I loved these! I ran out of cardamom, so I used some nutmeg and cloves in place. I also added vanilla and about 1 tablespoon of honey. These are great with black coffee! I later thought adding i...

These cookies are unlike any I've ever had before. The flavor takes some getting used to. They are not sweet but they're loaded with flavor. Don't make these if you don't like Cardamom, that's w...