Cookies Traditional Spiced Pfeffernüsse Cookies 4.83 from 35 votes Create a Profile! × Sign Up Already have an account? Sign In Jump To Recipe Save Recipe My Pfeffernüsse recipe makes deliciously warm, sweet, and complex spiced cookies perfect for the holiday. By Gemma Stafford | December 1, 2020 | 76 Last updated on December 15, 2020 This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure for details. Hi Bold Bakers! Pfeffernüsse cookies, also known as peppernuts, are deliciously warming, sweet, and complex spiced cookies. If you love gingerbread or molasses cookies, you will absolutely love these! My homemade pfeffernusse recipe turns out amazingly chewy and flavorful. It’s no wonder they’re a Christmas cookie staple around the world! The spices really are what make pfeffernusse so iconic. All within one cookie, you have cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, along with black pepper, allspice, cloves, cardamom, and the tour de force: anise extract. If you’re looking for a new Christmas tradition or trying to remember a taste from your childhood, I am so excited for you all to give these a go! What Are Pfeffernusse Cookies Pfeffernusse cookies are small, spiced cookies that are super popular in Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands. They’re typically served around December 5 or 6th, when people in the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium celebrate the name day of Saint Nicholas. A lot of people have created their own spin on pfeffernusse cookies. In my recipe, I dust mine with powdered sugar and sweeten the cookie with molasses. What You Need To Make Pfeffernusse Cookies Measuring Cups and Spoons 2 baking sheets Parchment paper Electric mixer Mixing bowls How To Make Pfeffernusse Cookies Don’t worry. These cookies are a lot easier to make than they are to spell. Here’s how you do it (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below): Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and prep by lining two baking sheets with parchment paper. Using an electric mixer, combine the butter, sugar, molasses, egg, and anise extract. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, salt, cloves, and cardamom. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Scoop the dough into 1 1/1 tablespoon-sized scoops, roll the scoops into a ball, and place on your prepped baking sheets. Bake for around 10-12 minutes, until the edges are set. All the cookies to cool until warm to the touch, then roll them in powdered sugar until coated. I dip them twice for a really good coating! Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Pfeffernusse Cookies Anise extract can be hard to find, but it really makes these cookies so distinctive. Please seek it out if you plan to make these! Instead of powder sugar, you can dip these cookies into a sugar glaze. Combine 2 1/2 cups sifted (10oz/284g) sifted powdered sugar with 3-4 tablespoons water to make the glaze. Dip the cookies when they are completely cool and leave them on a rack to set and dry before storing. If you glaze these cookies, sprinkle them with colorful sprinkles for a festive touch! These cookies taste even better after a day or two. The time sitting really helps to develop the flavors. These would make a wonderful holiday gift! Stack 10 in a clear bag and tie with a colorful ribbon for a delicious edible present. How Do I Store Pfeffernusse Cookies? Be sure to let the cookies cool before storing them in an airtight container. Homemade pfeffernusse cookies can be kept at room temperature for up to 5 days. Make More Cookies At Home! Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies Classic Austrian Linzer Cookies 3-Ingredient Shortbread Cookies And don’t forget to buy my Bigger Bolder Baking Cookbook! Full (and printable) recipe below! Try These Recipes! Nuremberg Lebkuchen (German Christmas Cookies)Italian Ricotta Cookies With Christmas Sprinkles3 Easy Christmas Cookies To Bake With KidsPecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies Traditional Spiced Pfeffernüsse Cookies Recipe 4.83 from 35 votes Print Recipe Add to Favorites Loading… My Pfeffernüsse recipe makes deliciously warm, sweet, and complex spiced cookies perfect for the holiday. Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 20 cookies Dessert Christmas Baking Pans Oven Prep Time 20 minsCook Time 12 mins My Pfeffernüsse recipe makes deliciously warm, sweet, and complex spiced cookies perfect for the holiday. Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 20 cookies Ingredients ½ cup (4floz/115ml) butter melted ½ cup (4oz/115g) granulated sugar⅓ cup (4oz/115g) molasses1 large egg1 teaspoon anise extract2 cups (10oz/284g) all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon ground cinnamon½ teaspoon ground black pepper½ teaspoon nutmeg½ teaspoon ground ginger½ teaspoon ground allspice½ teaspoon salt¼ teaspoon ground cloves¼ teaspoon ground cardamom1 cup (4oz/115g) powdered sugar sifted Instructions Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.With an electric mixer, combine the butter, sugar, molasses, egg, and anise extract.In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, salt, cloves, and cardamom together, and then gradually add to the butter mixture.Scoop the dough into 1 ½ tablespoons sized scoops, roll into a ball, and place on the prepared cookie sheets.Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until the edges are set. Allow to cool until warm to the touch, then roll in the powdered sugar until coated. I like to dip them twice to get a really good coating. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container. These cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to five days.