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Is there a better cookie name than Pfeffernüsse? I would argue no. How fun is that word to say? Well, in addition to being a fun word to say, it's also a pretty delicious German holiday cookie! Google translate tells me that it translates into English as "Peppernuts," which seems pretty accurate. Anyways, it's a very festive type of cookie to have around, and super easy to make! Here's the recipe:  


Adapted from: Martha Stewart



  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (optional but delicious!)
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon (+1 teaspoon for powdered sugar coating)
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (+1 teaspoon for powdered sugar coating)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Powdered sugar (as much as needed to coat the cookies - I probably used about 1 cup)


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice and 1 teaspoon cinnamon - set aside
  • Mix all ingredients (except powdered sugar and extra spices noted above) in stand mixer until combined
  • On parchment paper (or greased foil) lined cookie sheets, place balls of dough about 1 inch across
  • Bake for 15 minutes
  • When cookies are cool enough to hold, coat with powdered sugar mixture (I put the mixture in a bowl and just coated the cookies in there)
  • Eat!


  Know of another cookie with an awesome name like Pfeffernüsse? Post in the comments below!  


One Response to “Pfeffernüsse”

  1. Jenifer says:

    Your style is really unique in comparison to other people I have
    read stuff from. Thanks for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this

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