608 Recipe Swap: Pfeffernusse

These small spice cookies are traditional German Christmas fare.

pfeffernusse in baking dishes

Bet ya’ can’t eat just one.

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Today’s recipe comes from reader Pete G. His mom would make these cookies in bulk around the holidays for their large family.

🌰 Pfeffernusse (Pepper nuts)


  • 1 cup honey or syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 tsp each: cloves, cinnamon, anise, baking soda
  • 1 cup fat-free sour cream
  • ~7 cups flour (to stiffen dough)


In a stand mixer, with the paddle attachment, add everything except the flour. Mix well until combined.

Add 7 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time. Mix on low until each cup of flour gets incorporated. The dough will get very stiff.

“I have also stirred in the flour by hand with a wooden spoon but that gets really hard towards the end (your arms will be sore!!)”

Roll the dough into 3/4” to 1" thick logs, about 15” long (they will look like snakes).

Let the rolled logs chill for two hours.

Cut the logs into about 1/4" disks and bake for 11-12 minutes at 375 degrees.

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