Pfeffernuss Cookies

Chef’s Note

“A old German Christmas recipe. This is from Sister Malacky’s pastry book from 1971. Prep time includes overnight resting time.I am guessing on the servings and cookie amounts, it will depend on what size cookie cutter you use, same with baking time.”






12 dozen




  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cupssugar
  • 7 14 all-purpose flour
  • 12candy orange peel or 12 citron, finely chopped
  • 14 teaspoonbaking soda
  • 14 teaspoonground cloves
  • 14 teaspoonground aniseed
  • 14 teaspoonground nutmeg
  • 12 teaspoonground cinnamon
  • 12 teaspoonsalt
  • 1 teaspoonlemon zest
  • brandy or rum
  • Directions

  • in one bowl whiskdry ingredient (flour, salt, baking soda & all the spices). In larger bowl cream together eggs and sugar until light an fluffy. Stir in lemon peel to wet. Stir in dry into wet, now add in candied peel and knead. Once peel is mix in, on a lightly floured surface roll out dough to 1/4" thick. Cut out shapes with small cookie cutter and place on greased cookie sheet. Let stand overnight.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Turn cookies over and sprinkle with brandy or rum. Bake 10-15 minutes.
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