Pfeffernusse (German Pepper Nut Cookies )

Recipe by Zookeenee
READY IN: 59mins
YIELD: 24 cookies




  • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, salt, pepper, aniseeds, cinnamon, baking soda, allspice, nutmeg and cloves.
  • In a large bowl, using an electic mixer set on medium speed, beat together the butter, brown sugar and molasses until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
  • Beat in the egg.
  • Reduce the mixer speed to low and beat in the flour mixture.
  • Cover and refrigerate for several hours.
  • Position a rack in the middle of an oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.
  • Butter 2 baking sheets, scoop up pieces of dough and roll between your palms into balls 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
  • Place the balls on the cookie sheets spacing them about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake until the cookies are golden brown on the bottom and firm to the touch, about 14 minutes.
  • Transfer the baking sheets to racks and let the cookies cool slightly on the sheets.
  • Place the confectioners' sugar in a sturdy paper bag, drop a few cookies into the bag, close the top securely, and shake gently to coat the warm cookies with the sugar.
  • Transfer to racks and let cool completely.
  • Repeat with the remaining cookies.
  • Store in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.