Sweet and Spicy Crunchy Peppernuts (Pfeffernusse)

READY IN: 37mins
Recipe by mimi5fun

cunchy fun cookies Kids love them. Take quite a bit of time to make though.

Top Review by cook_by_demand

Great recipe! My family is German, and there are definitely the secret recipes that get handed down, but this one should be added to the list! I didn't have gloves on hand, so I added a pinch more pepper. Also, I cut the brown sugar down to 1/2 cup and added 1 tbsp honey and 1 1/2 tbsp syrup. They are crunchy and awesome! Thanks so much for posting this recipe! After I'd rolled out the logs, I put them on a cookie sheet and popped them in the freezer for about 45 minutes so they were easier to cut. I found the baking time to be quite accurate for my oven, only if I turned it down to 350, but that's just because my oven in wack. Thanks again!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a mixer mix all ingredients until blended.
  2. Add water a few drops at a time until mixture forms a ball.
  3. Knead the dough ball for a few minutes.
  4. Roll out a walnut sized ball of dough into a long rope of dough (little finger width) Cut pieces of the rope and put on baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes.
  6. Let cookies cool on sheets.
  7. Makes dozens of cookies, peanut sized, nice and crunchy.

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