Pfeffernüsse Recipe

The Winter holidays mean baking. And baking means cookies. But sometimes you want to make (and eat) something other than sugar cookies, or chocolate chip cookies. Something a little spicy, a little...German.

And that's where Pfeffernüsse comes in.
Pfeffernüsse are a traditional German cookie made with anise, cinnamon, and deliciousness. 
And even though I hate all things licorice-flavored (including anise), I love pfeffernüsse.
They're small and go excellent with tea.
They're earthy with a touch of spice.
And they're super duper easy to make (even though I'm totally swamped making gifts, learning ecommerce software for Printcess, and trying to find a job).


  1. In a large bowl, beat eggs.

  2. Add butter, brown sugar, molasses, and anise oil/seeds.

  3. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, mace, black pepper, and ground cloves.

  4. Add flour mixture into egg mixture.

  5. Add lemon juice and mix until thoroughly combined.

  6. Form dough into a ball, cover, and refrigerate at least 3 hours (to firm it up).

  7. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

  8. Remove dough from fridge and form it into balls with your hands (about 1" in diameter)

  9. Place on greased cookie sheets.

  10. Bake 15-18 minutes, until browned.

  11. Allow to cool completely before serving.

(You can roll them in powdered sugar, if you must, but I think they taste best naked!)

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