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).
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1/4 tsp anise oil (or 1 tsp anise seed)
- 6 cups flour
- 1 Tblsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1 tsp mace
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1 Tblsp lemon or lime juice
- In a large bowl, beat eggs.
- Add butter, brown sugar, molasses, and anise oil/seeds.
- In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, mace, black pepper, and ground cloves.
- Add flour mixture into egg mixture.
- Add lemon juice and mix until thoroughly combined.
- Form dough into a ball, cover, and refrigerate at least 3 hours (to firm it up).
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Remove dough from fridge and form it into balls with your hands (about 1" in diameter)
- Place on greased cookie sheets.
- Bake 15-18 minutes, until browned.
- 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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