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Pfeffernusse III Recipe

Pfeffernusse III

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"A spicy holiday treat! Crisp and good with a cup of tea."

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Original recipe makes 4 dozen Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir in the orange rind and nuts.
  3. In a medium size bowl, beat eggs and sugar until thick. Blend in flour mixture to make a smooth dough.
  4. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, place onto ungreased baking sheets and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, until light brown.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 12, 2003

I wouldn't call these cookies "spicy" --in fact I would be tempted to use more spice next time, but they are certainly good. A delicate flavor and not too much fat. Only the eggs and walnuts contribute fat to this recipe. I also rolled some of the cookies in powdered sugar before baking them; they turned out very cute (without the powdered sugar they're pretty unimpressive brown lumps). My German professor had seconds and thirds, so I call this a success. (But I found that they didn't need to be baked quite as long as the recipe called for. 10 minutes is about sufficient).

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 23, 2006

These are called pfeffernusse because they are supposed to have pepper in them. Where is it??? This is just a light spice cookie. Add 1/4 t black or white pepper for a true pfeffernusse taste. Also, these cookies are supposed to be aged for about 2 weeks for maximal flavor. They will be bland when first out of the oven.


17 Ratings

Nov 21, 2006

I made these beauties for my American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR) chapter's annual Christmas Cookie exchange - they are really good! These cookies are crisp, not overly sweet with a bite of ginger -The addition of orange zest really makes the cookie wonderful! They were a big hit with this crowd who really knows their German cookies!

Dec 11, 2006

I'm a little confused by this recipe, as it is a traditional German Christmas spice cookie called "Pepper (nut) Corn" cookies. They seemed to have omitted the black pepper which makes this cookied different from others. Try adding 1 tsp. ground black pepper for a more authentic taste...

Sep 15, 2005

I made these for church and they are wonderful. You can really taste the citrus as well as the spices, and I was glad to find a recipe that does not add fat besides the eggs, since this is traditional for coffee dunking cookies. They stayed a little soft in the middle, so maybe bake a little longer than specified to get a totally crispy cookie. I had to alter this recipe a bit by ading flour until I could roll the balls - the dough was too wet. Try an extra 1/2 cup or so. This did not deter from my rating...they were delicious - many compliments from all my friends. Thanks for sharing this Deutsch treat!

Mar 30, 2005

These cookies taste great and are very addictive. I followed the recipe exactly except for the cloves because I did'nt have any. I brought these cookies to are German potluck at work and everyone loved them. I don't even like crisp cookies but could'nt stop eating these. These cookies are easy to make. I also sprinkled powered sugar on top, yuummmeeeee.

Feb 01, 2010

Made these today cause they didn't call for any butter, oil, etc. I tried to follow the recipe, though I didn't have walnuts so used pecans, and added some black pepper..and becasue ppl are wimps here I halved the spices. I also divided the recipe. I wasn't sure what 'thick' meant but just let it mix on high for awhile. The dough was suprisingly not really sticky and was able to shape them somewhat. NOW, out of the oven, they're really pale!! Didn't spread much at all..They were soft, airy, kinda cake-like in texture an mmm I really liked them!! Would def. make again for a healthy [[??]] cookie, and will use as a base for other butterless cookies, but will try to add some color..somehow. THANKS for the recipe =) P.s..just realized I didn't sift

Jul 27, 2006

Not my cup of tea, but maybe if you already know you like this kind of cookie it would be good?


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  • Calories
  • 168 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 30 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 4.2 g
  • 6%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 3.4 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 53 mg
  • 2%

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

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