Pfeffernusse (German Spiced Christmas Cookies)

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Ingredientspfefferneuse - German Spiced Christmas Cookies

  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all – purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons anise extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Directions

  1. Stir together the molasses, honey, shortening, and margarine in a saucepan over medium heat, cook and stir until creamy. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Stir in eggs.
  2. Combine the flour, white sugar, Brown sugar, Cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, anise, cinnamon, baking soda, pepper and salt in a large bowl. Add the molasses mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  4. Roll the dough into acorn sized balls. Arrange on baking sheet, space at least 1 inch apart.
  5. Bake in preheated oven 10 – 15 minutes. Move to a rack to cool. Dust cooled cookies with confectioner’s sugar.
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