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Pfeffernuesse, also known as German Peppernuts, is a delicious and tender cookie made for the Feast of St. Nicholas every year.

Pfeffernuesse Cookies


1-1/2 cups honey
1/4 cup shortening
1 egg
4 cups sifted all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground allspice
3/4 teaspoon ground cardamon seed
1/4 teaspoon pepper (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground anise seed

Recipe Directions

Heat honey (do not boil) in saucepan large enough to mix entire dough. Add shortening. Cool. Beat in egg. Sift remaining ingredients together, gradually stirring into honey mixture. Reserve 35 minutes to stiffen.

Shape into 1-inch balls. Bake on lightly greased baking sheets 13 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees. See frosting below.


2 unbeaten pasturized egg whites
1 tablespoon strained honey
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamon seed
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground anise seed

Combine egg whites, honey, spices in 1-quart mixing bowl. Gradually add confectioners' sugar.

Place 12 to 14 Pfeffernuesse at a time in a smaller bowl with 2 tablespoons of icing. Stir Pfeffernuesse to coat all sides. Repeat.

Place on wire rack to cool. Store in air-tight container.

Nutrition Information

Recipe yields 6 to 7 dozen Pfeffernuesse.

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