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    German Pfeffernusse Cookies - Gluten Free

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    40 mins

    30 mins

    10 mins

    **Jubes**'s Note:

    A traditional German cookie for Christmas..or any time of the year. Commonly served with wine. Should make 30 to 40 biscuits. If not using a blended flour with xanthan or guar gums added- then add one teaspoon of gum with your flour to the recipe. These biscuits remind me of a ginger snap cookie from Arnotts (or at least what I remember them tasting like!)

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    Serves: 20



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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 190°C Line baking trays with greaseproof or baking paper.
    2. 2
      Mix all ingredients in an electric mixer on a medium speed, until roughly mixed. Do not overbeat.
    3. 3
      Using a spatula then,scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix until well combined.
    4. 4
      Leaving the mixture in the bowl, knead with your hands (gloved if you wish!) until all of the ingredients are well mixed.
    5. 5
      Roll mixture into balls, about the size of walnuts.
    6. 6
      Place on baking sheets about 1/2 inch/ 1 cm apart. Bake for about 10 minutes at 190°C.
    7. 7
      Allow the biscuits to cool completely on the trays. Store in an airtight container.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 19, 2011


      My husband is of German descent and asked for these cookies for Christmas. I was nervous I wouldn't find a decent gluten-free recipe, but these are great! I couldn't find self-rising gluten-free flour here in the United States, so I substituted with 2 cups gluten-free flour, 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt and an extra egg. To keep the cookies from sticking to my hands, I also rolled them in sugar before putting them on the baking tray. They turned out awesome! My two year old is currently asking for more!

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    • on October 14, 2008

      These are awesome, i throw all the ingredients into a food processor and they are so easy to make. The recipe is spot on and nothing needs changing at all. Thanks for posting.

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    • on July 30, 2008


      You don't know how thrilled I was to find this recipe! I found out I was gluten sensitive over a year ago. When Christmas rolled around, I felt so sad that I couldn't make all my favorite cookies like I used to, Pfeffernusse being one of my favorites. This recipe had a different spice combination than my old recipe, but oddly enough, they came out tasting very similar! Thank you so much for posting this recipe!

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    Nutritional Facts for German Pfeffernusse Cookies - Gluten Free

    Serving Size: 1 (15 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 20

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 63.4
    Calories from Fat 24
    Total Fat 2.6 g
    Saturated Fat 1.6 g
    Cholesterol 15.7 mg
    Sodium 6.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 9.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 9.7 g
    Protein 0.3 g

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    gluten-free flour

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