Pfeffernüsse Recipe

Literally translated from German, the name Pfeffernüsse means pepper nuts! These cookies bring together some varied flavors including pepper and anise! Traditionally prepared during Christmas, these are a great snack. Remembner to plan ahead when making these, because it will be a good week before they soften and you can comfortably bite into them!
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Preparation Time35 MinCooking Time20 Min
Ready In55 MinDifficulty LevelMedium
Health IndexAverageCuisine
VegetarianMain Ingredient


 Sifted flour4 Cup (64 tbs)
 Baking soda1 Teaspoon
 Salt1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Cinnamon1 Tablespoon
 Cloves1 Teaspoon
 Nutmeg1 Teaspoon
 Black pepper1⁄4 Teaspoon
 Cardamom seeds1 Tablespoon
 Anise1 Teaspoon
 Candied orange peel1⁄4 Pound
 Citron1⁄2 Pound
 Butter2 Tablespoon
 Confectioners sugar2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)
 Lemon rind1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Milk1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
 Confectioners sugar1 Cup (16 tbs)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 4418 Calories from Fat 533

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 60 g93%

Saturated Fat 26.6 g132.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 1127.5 mg

Sodium 2742 mg114.3%

Total Carbohydrates 888 g295.9%

Dietary Fiber 46.7 g186.7%

Sugars 418 g

Protein 92 g184.4%

Vitamin A 53.7% Vitamin C 382%

Calcium 79.7% Iron 199.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1) Grease a baking sheet.

2) Combine and sift the flour, soda, salt, and spices.
3) Add in and mix the seeds and orange peel and citron.
4) Combine the butter and sugar.
5) Beat in the egg yolks and add into the butter mix with the lemon peel.
6) Stir in the flour-fruit mix.
7) Fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites.
8) Refrigerate for about 1 hour.
9) Flour hands and shape into hickory nut-sized balls.
10) Arrange on the baking sheet.
11) Cover with a towel and stand for several hours.
12) Combine the milk and 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar.
13) Brush the cookies with this mix.
14) Place in the oven at 350°F. and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
15) Allow to cool.
16) Store in a tightly covered container and allow to age for at least a week.

17) Coat with confectioners' sugar and serve.
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