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Pfefferkuchen Recipe
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Pfefferkuchen

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"This is a German spice cookie recipe, similar to gingerbread, which I received from my mother, Sabine Muller. I have been making these for over 20 years. I looked online at other Pfefferkuchen recipes and none were like this one. I thought that I would share it with you. The literal translation is 'pepper cakes', I always ice them with a lemon glaze."

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Original recipe makes 9 dozen cookies Change Servings
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  • PREP

    1 hr
  • COOK

    20 mins
  • READY IN

    1 hr 20 mins

Directions

  1. Bring molasses, honey, and sugar to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat, then remove from heat and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Stir in anise, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, lemon zest, and butter. Dissolve baking soda in water, then stir into the molasses mixture. Sift together 6 cups of flour with the baking powder and cocoa powder into a large bowl. Stir in molasses mixture and eggs until smooth. Stir in remaining 3 cups flour until a stiff dough has formed.
  4. Divide dough into 4 pieces to make it more manageable. Roll the dough to 1/4-inch thick on a well floured surface and cut into shapes with a cookie cutter.
  5. Bake cookies on ungreased baking sheets 8 to 10 minutes until lightly browned around the edges. Cool completely on a wire rack.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 12, 2007

I was looking for an authentic German cookie recipe so I could send my Aunt some cookies that would remind her of her (German) mother. I don't know whether they are authentic or not, but I was very happy with how the cookies turned out. The smell while they were baking was strong enough that I wondered if the spiciness would be overwhelming, but they tasted sublime. I made a couple of significant modifications: - halved the recipe, with no problem - substituted whole wheat flour for half of the all purpose flour - added two eggs plus enough additional flour to make up for the liquid in the eggs. I wanted the cookies to rise a bit and the eggs did the trick nicely.

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 11, 2011

They are not spicy enough I was very dissapointed, They need some ginger and more cinnamon.

 

11 Ratings

Dec 07, 2007

This is an easy recipe to make traditional German Pfefferkuchen, or Lebkuchen. I ended up pouring the dough into cooking pans instead of rolling it out, and only realized later that when you wait a little the dough gets harder and rollable. I also frosted mine with a sugar glaze and brought them to work - they were a HUGH success!

 
Sep 01, 2010

These are delicious! I used a lemon glaze and they tasted like the ones we would buy in Germany. I will definitely make these again!

 
Dec 18, 2008

This is a nice, spicy cookie that is great with coffee. I tried the first sheet without oiling the pan per the recipe but found they stuck to the pan. Used a little spray oil on the next ones and they came off easily. The cookies are very soft when done and need to cool on a wire rack for a few minutes until firm enough to handle. I ground fresh anise, cardamon, and cloves plus put in a little extra of each because we like them extra spicy. Use a lot of flour when rolling out the dough. It can be sticky.

 
Dec 10, 2010

I was looking for a cake-like German gingerbread cookie recipe and these were perfect!! I made a few minor adjustments and I love the way they turned out. Since this recipe was so large, I halved the spices and used only 1/3 of the other ingredients (so mine probably came out a little spicier than the originals)--this made 44 cookies. I also add 1/3 cup of minced candied ginger pieces and used a basic powdered sugar glaze for the top --- really divine!

 
Dec 15, 2009

Been looking for a recipe like my grandfathers, and this is very close. I just used this recipe for the first time, and will just make a few alterations to it next time and they will be exactly like my grandfathers. Will be addimg a little more of the spices to them. My grandfathers were a little more spicey. They bring back good memories!

 
Jul 24, 2011

Thanks for the great recipe! I made one change. I did not add any sugar, just the molasses and honey were sweet enough. Then I made a simple glaze with lemon juice and powdered sugar which added just enough extra sweetness.

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 86 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18.2 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 6 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.3 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 88 mg
  • 4%

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

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