German Pfeffernusse With Frosting (Pepper Nuts)

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by Olha7397

A favorite German Christmas cookie.

Top Review by bshemyshua

This is without a doubt one of the best Pfeffernusse cookies I have had. My family really loved these. They went together very quickly. I have never had Pfeffernusse with Icing but this was very good. Even better than just dusted with powdered sugar. Thank you Olga for a very good recipe. By the way half of what I made of this batch of cookies will be included in Holiday cookie trays. The Holiday just wouldn't be the same with out Pfeffernusse.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. FOR THE COOKIES: Heat honey (do not boil) in a 4 quart sauce pan. Add shortening and cool. Beat in egg.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together; gradually stir into the honey mixture. Knead dough slightly in bowl or on a board. Let dough stand 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 13 to 15 minutes. Yield: 96 to 108 cookies.
  4. FOR THE FROSTING: Combine egg whites, honey and spices in a 1 quart bowl. Gradually beat in icing sugar, using a beater or mixer.
  5. Place 12 to 14 Pfeffernusse in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of frosting. Stir gently to coat all sides. Place on a wire rack for frosting to harden. Store in a tightly closed container.
  6. Wheatland Bounty.

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