Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 12 mins

These cookies have a unique taste from orange and lemon zest - plus a bit of spicy zip from black pepper, cloves, and cinnamon. Cook time is for one batch of cookies at a time. Adapted from an old recipe clipping from Woman's World. Please note - prep time is only for the mixing of dough etc. There is also chilling time - 30 minutes to chill the dough before forming into slicing logs, as well as 1 hour in the freezer after the nuts are pressed into the dough.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine flour, lemon and orange zests, baking powder, black pepper, cinnamon, ground cloves,and salt and set aside.
  2. Cream butter and both sugars until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat egg into butter mixture.
  4. Stir flour mixture into butter mixture until combined.
  5. Add currants or chopped raisins and stir to combine.
  6. Wrap in plastic and chill in fridge until firm (at least 30 minutes).
  7. Once firm, roll dough into 2 large logs.
  8. Sprinkle chopped nuts out onto a large platter and roll the logs in the nuts- pressing them so the nuts stick.
  9. Wrap logs well in plastic and freeze at least 1 hour.
  10. When ready to bake your cookies, preheat oven to 350 degreees F.
  11. While oven is preheating, let dough sit on your counter to soften just enough to cut easily with a knife.
  12. Using a sharp knife, cut off round slices from the dough log and place on GREASED cookie sheets.
  13. Bake until golden brown, about 12 minutes (check at 10 minutes).
  14. Cool on racks.


Most Helpful

I enjoyed these! I added ground cardamom along with the spices. And also mixed the nuts into the dough.

Rita~ December 03, 2002

Good Doo Dahs! I love peppery cookies, and these are up there with some of the best. It was a little strange having fruit and nuts in my pfeffernuse, but it actually opens up a whole new dimension. I used brown sugar instead of white, and a mixture of chopped almonds and hazelnuts. My kids wouldn't go near it, especially when they found out there was black pepper in the cookies, but these are an acquired taste. If you like pfeffernuse you will love these!

Mirj October 07, 2002

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