"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." — Inge
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1 1/2 cups
1 1/2 cups
1 1/2 cups
ground anise seed
1 1/2 teaspoons
grated lemon zest
butter, cut into pieces
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.
They are not spicy enough I was very dissapointed, They need some ginger and more cinnamon.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/108 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 108
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 10
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