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    2 hrs 12 mins

    2 hrs

    12 mins

    Bev's Note:

    A favorite spice cookie from the award winning cookie collection at Sunset Magazine

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    1. 1
      In a large bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat 1/2 cup butter and the brown sugar until well blended.
    2. 2
      Add eggs and beat until smooth.
    3. 3
      In a small bowl, stir baking soda in 1 tablespoon hot water until dissolved; beat into butter mixture.
    4. 4
      In a medium bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and salt.
    5. 5
      Add to butter mixture, stir to mix, then beat until well blended.
    6. 6
      Stir in pecans and citron.
    7. 7
      Divide dough in half and shape each portion into a log about 11 inches long and 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
    8. 8
      Wrap logs separately in waxed paper and freeze until firm enough to slice, at least 1 hour.
    9. 9
      Unwrap dough.
    10. 10
      Cut logs crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick rounds and place about 1 inch apart on buttered 12- by 15-inch baking sheets.
    11. 11
      Bake cookies in a 350° regular or convection oven until lightly browned, 8 to 12 minutes; if baking two sheets at once in one oven, switch their positions halfway through baking.
    12. 12
      Let cookies cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then use a wide spatula to transfer to racks to cool completely.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 10, 2004


      I wasn't sure what to expect of this cookie since I never before baked with cloves or candied fruit. Well, what a pleasant surprise! This is a very nice cookie and not too sweet. I used non-stick spray on the cookie sheets. I got 100 cookies out of the batch. I watched the cookies closely since they 'go over the edge' very quickly (cookies are still edible, just a bit crisper). I did do a double take and had momentary panic when I took out 1 stick of butter (1/4 lb as in the ingredients) and then read 1/2C butter in the instructions. It took me a few moments to realize that they were the same. BTW, DH kept telling me 'these cookies are terrible' each time he shoved one in his mouth! LOL. Thanks for a nice cookie.

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    Nutritional Facts for Pfeffernusse

    Serving Size: 1 (1236 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 72.8
    Calories from Fat 28
    Total Fat 3.1 g
    Saturated Fat 1.0 g
    Cholesterol 9.2 mg
    Sodium 55.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 10.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    Sugars 6.0 g
    Protein 0.9 g

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    candied citron peel

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