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Pfeffernüsse Cookies

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Pfeffernüsse Cookies
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 45 min
  • Ingredients 9
  • Servings 96

These nutty, spiced, bite-sized cookies are a sweet addition to any Christmas cookie platter. Based on the classic European holiday cookie, our version includes Pillsbury™ sugar cookie dough with the addition of spices, toasted pecans, molasses and orange zest to make a treat that's simple yet special. MORE+ LESS-

Updated August 27, 2019
Pillsbury Cookie Dough
Make with
Pillsbury Cookie Dough

Ingredients

1
roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated sugar cookies
1/2
cup all-purpose flour
1/2
cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
1/2
teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4
teaspoon ground allspice
1/8
teaspoon ground black pepper
2
tablespoons dark molasses
1
teaspoon orange zest
3/4
cup powdered sugar

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F.
  • 2
    In large bowl, break up cookie dough. Stir or knead in all ingredients except powdered sugar until well mixed. Divide cookie dough into 8 portions; shape each portion into a ball. On lightly floured surface, working with 1 dough ball at a time, (refrigerate remaining dough balls) roll into 12-inch rope; cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Repeat with remaining dough portions.
  • 3
    Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are set and edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool 5 minutes; roll each cookie in powdered sugar. Cool completely, about 20 minutes. Store in covered airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

Expert Tips

  • To toast pecans, heat oven to 350°F. Spread nuts in an even layer in ungreased shallow baking pan. Bake uncovered 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until light golden brown.
  • Keep dough refrigerated before rolling into ropes and cutting.
  • For best results, bake cookies one sheet at a time on the center oven rack.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container in single layers between parchment or waxed paper at room temperature up to 1 week. Cookies can be frozen up to 2 months. To thaw, let stand uncovered at room temperature 1 to 2 hours.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
30
Calories from Fat
10
% Daily Value
Total Fat
1 1/2g
2%
Saturated Fat
0g
0%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
15mg
1%
Potassium
10mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
5g
2%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
3g
Protein
0g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Pfeffernüsse—also called peppernuts—are a traditional Christmas cookie found throughout Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark. They often include a mix of spices including cinnamon, clove, nutmeg or cardamom.
  • Can't get enough cookies around Christmastime? We have plenty of Christmas cookie recipes to choose from.

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