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Pfeffernusse Cookies

Pfeffernusse Cookies

Pfeffernusse Cookies

Recipe By Miranda Barnett, Savory Spice Test Kitchen


70 to 80 cookies

Prep Time

20 Minutes

Cooking Time

10 Minutes

Recipe By Miranda Barnett, Savory Spice Test Kitchen

Spice up your holiday cookie platter with pfeffernusse cookies, also called peppernuts. Known for being spiced with cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and a pinch of black pepper, these delightful bites are like extra-spiced gingerbread. Serve coated in powdered sugar and make a double batch--once you eat one, it's hard to stop!


3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup molasses

2 eggs

1/2 cup powdered sugar

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Ground Supreme Saigon Cinnamon

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  • Ground Jamaican Allspice

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  • Ground Ginger

    Our quality Ground Ginger is freshly ground & is an ideal ingredient for most of your favorite baked goods recipes. Ground ginger is also a com...

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  • Ground Inner Cardamom Seeds Powder

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  • Coarse Black Malabar Pepper

    This Coarse Black Malabar Pepper makes a hearty peppery seasoning for a variety of savory meals. These coarsely ground black peppercorns have a bol...

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  • Ground Madagascar Cloves

    Ground Madagascar Cloves are the ground, unopened flower buds of the clove tree. Ground cloves are an essential ingredient in many savory dishes, a...

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  • Mayan Sea Salt

    Mayan Sea Salt has a clean appearance and flavor but is also an interesting tie to the ancient Mayan way of life. This sea salt was harvested off t...

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  • Pure Anise Extract

    Our Pure Anise Extract delivers a natural licorice note, similar to Star Anise or Fennel Seeds. It can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. As ...

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Step 1: Make dough

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and spices and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter, sugar, and molasses for 5 min. until light and fluffy. Add eggs and Pure Anise Extract, and mix until thoroughly combined. With the mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture until incorporated. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 min. until ready to bake.

Step 2: Bake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough to 3/4-inch thick. Cut dough into 3/4-inch squares and roll squares into balls. Set dough balls 1 inch apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 min. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool. Once cool, dip in powdered sugar to coat, shaking off any excess sugar. Store in an airtight container.