Tested till perfect Pfeffernusse


Very popular in many European countries, these lovely little cookies have black pepper, which enhances the other spices in the cookie without adding heat.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: December 2007

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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  • Portion size 120 cookies


  • 2 2eggeggs
  • 1 cup 1cuppacked brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupgranulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupcandied ginger or candied fruit, finely chopped
  • 1-1/2 tsp 1-1/2tspgrated lemon rind
  • 2 cups 2cupsall-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupground almonds
  • 1 tsp 1tspbaking powder
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspcinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspnutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tsppepper
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspground ginger
  • 1 pinch 1pinchground cloves
  • 1 pinch 1pinchallspice
  • 1 pinch 1pinchsalt
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupicing sugar
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In large bowl, beat together eggs, brown sugar and granulated sugar on medium speed until slightly thickened and light in colour, about 6 minutes. Fold in candied ginger and lemon rind.

In separate bowl, whisk together flour, almonds, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, pepper, ginger, cloves, allspice and salt ; stir into egg mixture with wooden spoon. Turn out onto lightly floured surface; knead until combined. (Make-ahead: Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

Divide into 12 portions. Roll each portion into 10-inch (25 cm) rope; cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces. Place, 1/2 inch (1 cm) apart, on 2 parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Bake in centre of 325°F (160°C) oven for 15 minutes or until light brown. Let cool on pans for 15 minutes.

Into bowl, sift icing sugar. Roll cookies in sugar, a few at a time, to coat. Let cool on rack. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 1 month.)

Additional information : Additional spellings: English pfeffernuesse; Danish pebernødder;

Nutritional Information Per Cookie: about

cal 22 pro 0 total fat 0 sat. fat 0g
carb 5g fibre 0 chol 3mg sodium 5mg

% RDI:

iron 2 folate 2
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