Pfeffernüsse Recipe


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  • 4 c  Flour; Unbleached, Unsifted
  • 2 ts Cinnamon
  • 1 ts Mace
  • Black Pepper; As Desired
  • 2 tb Butter; (No Margarine)
  • 1 c  Confectioners' Sugar ; Water
  • 1 ts Baking Powder
  • 2 ts Cloves; Ground
  • 2 ts Allspice; Ground
  • 1 1/2 c  Honey
  • 2    Eggs; Large
  • 1 ts Vanilla

How to make Pfeffernüsse

  • Mix flour, baking powder, and spices in a large bowl.
  • Melt together honey and butter on low heat. Let cool and beat in eggs. (If the honey is too hot, the eggs will harden)
  • Add flour mix to honey mix and refrigerate until chilled.
  • Form dough into 1/2 - 1 inch biscuits.
  • Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for fifteen minutes.
  • Mix confectioners sugar, vanilla, and water
  • Dip cookies in glaze and dry on a rack or wax paper.

Question from the Chef

“For an extra kick, double the amounts of the spices, and double-dip in the glaze. I'd be interested in variations of this that turn out well.”

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