Pfeffernusse German Christmas Cookies
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5 from 17 votes

Pfeffernuse Cookies

Pfeffernüsse Cookies are a German shortbread cookie that will add warmth and flavor to this years holiday cookie exchange!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Chilling Time1 hr
Total Time27 mins
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: Christmas, German, Holiday
Keyword: christmas cookies, Gingerbread Cookies, Holiday Cookies, Pfeffernusse
Servings: 16
Calories: 147kcal
Author: Dan from Platter Talk


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup butter unsalted
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp anise extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cardamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar for outside coating


  • Use a small saucepan and combine butter, molasses, and honey over medium-low heat. After the mixture has melted together, remove from heat and allow to cool. Add the egg and anise extract, stir it in and set aside.
  • Use a large mixing bowl and mix up the remaining dry ingredients, except for the powdered sugar. Combine the dry and wet ingredients and form into a ball of dough. Wrap it up in plastic kitchen wrap and allow to cool in the refrigerator for an hour.
  • Preheat your oven to 325° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. After the dough is chilled, roll out the cookies into 1 inch balls. Bake for 12 minutes and allow to cool. Roll in powdered sugar and enjoy!


Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1.8% | Calcium: 1.8% | Iron: 5.8%