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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 September 21, 2020
Pillsbury™ Cookie Dough
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Pillsbury™ Cookie Dough

Ingredients

1
roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated sugar cookie dough
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. (DO NOT EAT RAW COOKIE DOUGH AFTER COMBINING WITH FLOUR.) 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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