Traditional Pfeffernuesse
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Traditional Pfeffernuesse

Tiny anise-flavored spice nuggets are a Christmas tradition in many families of German heritage.

36
servings
45 min
PREP TIME
02 hrs 05 min
TOTAL TIME

Ingredients

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter softened

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup mild flavor molasses

1 tablespoon water

1 teaspoon instant coffee granules

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

1 teaspoon anise extract

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

 

Powdered sugar or sugar, if desired

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, and molasses in bowl; beat at medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until creamy.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine water and coffee granules in another bowl; stir until dissolved. Add coffee mixture and all remaining ingredients except flour; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour; beat at low speed until well mixed. Cover; refrigerate at least 30 minutes until firm.

  3. STEP 3

    Heat oven to 350°F.

  4. STEP 4

    Divide dough into 10 portions (about 1/4 cup dough each). Roll 1 portion at a time into 18x1/2-inch rope on lightly floured surface. Cut each rope into 1/2-inch pieces with sharp knife. Place pieces 1/2 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8-9 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cookies are set.

  5. STEP 5

    Place waxed paper on top of cooling racks. Loosen cookies with spatula; spread onto waxed paper. Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar or sugar, if desired.

Tip #1

Dip knife in flour while cutting dough to prevent sticking. If dough becomes too soft while shaping into ropes, refrigerate 15-20 minutes.

Nutrition

80Calories
3Fat (mg)
15Cholesterol (mg)
60Sodium (mg)
11Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
1Protein (g)

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  December 23, 2011

These are little nuggets of yummy goodness! I may have to make these again before anyone even comes to the house for the holidays, because I think I may eat them all myself!

— says Tami
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