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Pfeffernüsse - Small Spice Cookies

with Ginger and Cardamom
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Pfeffernüsse - Small Spice Cookies

Pfeffernüsse - Small Spice Cookies - Pfeffernüsse - the Christmas classic with irresistible gingerbread spices

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Health Score:
7,3 / 10
40 min.
ready in 9 h. 20 min.
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Nutritional values

These Christmas biscuits require little butter and no refined sugar is needed for the right sweetness, while the aromatic spices create a good mood and increase the anticipation of Christmas.

You can replace part or all of the flour with wholemeal flour. The Pfeffernüsse then provide additional fiber to aid digestion, as well as more vitamins and minerals; and they taste even more hearty. Sealed and stored in a cool and dark place, the Pfeffernüsse will keep for several weeks.

1 piece contains
(Percentage of daily recommendation)
Calorie185 kcal(9 %)
Protein2 g(2 %)
Fat5 g(4 %)
Carbohydrates32 g(21 %)
Sugar added18 g(72 %)
Roughage1 g(3 %)
Vitamin A0 mg(0 %)
Vitamin D0.1 μg(1 %)
Vitamin E0.2 mg(2 %)
Vitamin B₁0 mg(0 %)
Vitamin B₂0 mg(0 %)
Niacin0.5 mg(4 %)
Vitamin B₆0 mg(0 %)
Folate2 μg(1 %)
Pantothenic acid0 mg(0 %)
Biotin0.3 μg(1 %)
Vitamin B₁₂0 μg(0 %)
Vitamin C1 mg(1 %)
Potassium32 mg(1 %)
Calcium7 mg(1 %)
Magnesium6 mg(2 %)
Iron0.4 mg(3 %)
Iodine0 μg(0 %)
Zinc0.2 mg(3 %)
Saturated fatty acids2.9 g
Uric acid9 mg
Cholesterol14 mg
Development of this recipe:


10 ozs Pastry flour
1 pinch baking soda
3 ozs butter
3 Tbsps honey
3 ozs dark Molasses
3 ozs cane sugar
¼ tsp ground white peppers
½ tsp ground ginger
1 pinch ground Cardamom
1 pinch ground allspice
½ lemon
3 ozs powdered sugar
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Kitchen utensils

1 Small pot, 1 Baking sheet, 1 Bowl, 1 Small bowl, 1 Cutting board, 1 Small knife, 1 Tablespoon, 1 Teaspoon, 1 Whisk, 1 Brush, 1 Parchment paper, 1 Oven rack, 1 Plastic wrap

Preparation steps

Pfeffernüsse - Small Spice Cookies preparation step 1

In a bowl, mix pastry flour and baking soda.

Pfeffernüsse - Small Spice Cookies preparation step 2

In a small pot, bring butter, honey, molasses, sugar,  pepper, ginger, cardamom and allspice to a boil.

Pfeffernüsse - Small Spice Cookies preparation step 3

Add flour mixture to pot and stir quickly until a smooth dough forms. Let cool, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerator overnight.

Pfeffernüsse - Small Spice Cookies preparation step 4

Let the dough soften to room temperature, then divide into 3 portions and shape into logs, approximately 3/4 inch in diameter.

Pfeffernüsse - Small Spice Cookies preparation step 5

Cut logs into cherry-sized pieces and shape into balls with your hands. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets and bake on the middle rack of a preheated oven at 350°F until cookies are set around the edges, about 12 minutes.  

Pfeffernüsse - Small Spice Cookies preparation step 6

Let cool completely on a cooling rack. For the icing, squeeze juice from lemon half and mix 2 tablespoons juice with the powdered sugar. Dip tops of cookies into the icing and let set. (Cookies can be stored in an airtight container, between parchment, for about 3 weeks.)