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Traditional Pfeffernuesse

Traditional Pfeffernuesse

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

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45 min
Prep Time
02 hrs 05 min
Total Time


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 (1 serving)

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