German Pfeffernusse Cookies - Gluten Free

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 10 mins

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!)

Ingredients Nutrition


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


Most Helpful

What are the equivalent US measurements for grams in your recipe? I am excited to make these for Christmas.

Candace Jude Rosenau November 27, 2014

I used an online site to convert to cups. so like 250g was like .86 cups. so I rounded up. My parrot freaking loves them. He eat 3!

Sica December 18, 2014

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!

AllergyGirl December 19, 2011

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