Pepper Nuts (Pfeffernusse)

Total Time
2hrs 15mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 15 mins

At Christmas time my aunt would make these and us kids would fill our pockets and eat them at play. These are dime size, hard and crunchy. This is a large recipe and makes several ice cream pails full.


  1. Mix as cookie dough.
  2. Roll into thin ropes about the size of your pointer finger and cut into 3/4" lengths.
  3. You may want to freeze the ropes so as to make it easier to cut.
  4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes at 350 deg. F. on large cookie sheets.
Most Helpful

I made up a 1/4 of the recipe and there was STILL lots! They are so good! I don't like star anise so I used all spice instead. They now taste sort-of like a white gingerbread. Very nice and mild. I will make these again.

Saturn January 21, 2006

Everybody who had one liked it. Very easy to make, if a little time consuming. I cut the recipe in half, but I still had more than enough. Next time I think I will 1/4 the recipe. Thanks!

Brad'sWife December 29, 2004

These are AWESOME! I have eaten these for many years and never could find a recipe that really was easy to work with - especially with little kids (ages 4 & 3) wanting to get in on the action. This they could help with easily - works better than playdough! It was a great time making these for all of us! :)

JoVaMom December 11, 2004