German Pfeffernusse Cookies - Gluten Free

"A traditional German cookie for Christmas..or any time of the year. Commonly served with wine. Should make 30 to 40 biscuits. If not using a blended flour with xanthan or guar gums added- then add one teaspoon of gum with your flour to the recipe. These biscuits remind me of a ginger snap cookie from Arnotts (or at least what I remember them tasting like!)"
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Ready In:
30-40 biscuits




  • Preheat oven to 190°C Line baking trays with greaseproof or baking paper.
  • Mix all ingredients in an electric mixer on a medium speed, until roughly mixed. Do not overbeat.
  • Using a spatula then,scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix until well combined.
  • Leaving the mixture in the bowl, knead with your hands (gloved if you wish!) until all of the ingredients are well mixed.
  • Roll mixture into balls, about the size of walnuts.
  • Place on baking sheets about 1/2 inch/ 1 cm apart. Bake for about 10 minutes at 190°C.
  • Allow the biscuits to cool completely on the trays. Store in an airtight container.

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  1. Candace Jude Rosenau
    What are the equivalent US measurements for grams in your recipe? I am excited to make these for Christmas.
  2. Sica6488
    I used an online site to convert to cups. so like 250g was like .86 cups. so I rounded up. My parrot freaking loves them. He eat 3!
  3. AllergyGirl
    My husband is of German descent and asked for these cookies for Christmas. I was nervous I wouldn't find a decent gluten-free recipe, but these are great! I couldn't find self-rising gluten-free flour here in the United States, so I substituted with 2 cups gluten-free flour, 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt and an extra egg. To keep the cookies from sticking to my hands, I also rolled them in sugar before putting them on the baking tray. They turned out awesome! My two year old is currently asking for more!
  4. Aussie Deb 2
    These are awesome, i throw all the ingredients into a food processor and they are so easy to make. The recipe is spot on and nothing needs changing at all. Thanks for posting.
  5. Chrisbee
    You don't know how thrilled I was to find this recipe! I found out I was gluten sensitive over a year ago. When Christmas rolled around, I felt so sad that I couldn't make all my favorite cookies like I used to, Pfeffernusse being one of my favorites. This recipe had a different spice combination than my old recipe, but oddly enough, they came out tasting very similar! Thank you so much for posting this recipe!


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