Pfeffernüsse (a.k.a. Pepper Nuts)


1/3 cup molasses
1/4 cup butter
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1 egg, beaten
coarse decorator’s sugar, if desired


Combine molasses and butter in a large saucepan. Over low heat, stir until the butter melts. Remove pan from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.

Thoroughly combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, cardamon, allspice and pepper in a large mixing bowl.

Stir egg into cooled molasses mixture. Add dry ingredients stirring just until combined.

Cover the dough and refrigerate approximately 1 hour, or until dough is easy to handle.

Divide dough into twelve equal pieces. Roll each piece on a lightly floured surface into a rope 10-inches long. Roll each rope in coarse decorator’s sugar, if desired. Cut these ropes into 1/2-inch lengths. Scatter the pieces on ungreased cookie sheets leaving approximately 1 inch between each.

Bake at 350 degrees 10 – 12 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned on the bottom. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

This recipe is also linked to...

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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

These look so good! Are they like gingerbread? The ingredients sound similar. Yum! Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday. :)

Carolynn said...

Dorothy - they do sound similar to a gingerbread and the flavours are similar, but this is not a cookie you can roll & cut out as you can with most gingerbreads.