Total Time
1hr 48mins
Prep 1 hr 20 mins
Cook 28 mins

Nutmeg, ginger, cloves and even black pepper give spice to these popular Scandinavian holiday cookies. My neighbor made this for us last year. Different!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine molasses, sugar and butter in a saucepan. Cook until just melted, then set aside to cool.
  2. Stir in eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Add half of flour, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. When completely combined, stir in remaining flour. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. After dough has chilled, preheat oven to 375°F.
  4. Shape into 1-inch balls and place 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 7 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Transfer to wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar to decorate.
Most Helpful

4 5

Very tasty, my mom really loved them. They were a lot like the molasses cookies my mom always made, but so much easier and faster. I loved the texture, so soft on the inside. The powered sugar makes them look extra special. Just beware you don't over cook them! I wasn't expecting them to really be done in 7 minutes but they were.

5 5

Delicious!!!! And so pretty!!! Just letting you know the pepper isn't mentioned in the directions, but easy to guess when to add.

5 5

These are great cookies. The dough was easy to work with and rolled into balls nicely. The cookies are moist with a soft interior. These pfeffernuesse are different from the german pfeffernuesse we make during the holidays. I really like them. The spices and molasses give a great flavor.