Pfeffernusse Cookies Recipe

Pfeffernusse Cookies are traditional German cookies prepared on Christmas. Learn how to make/prepare Pfeffernusse Cookies by following this easy recipe.
Pfeffernusse Cookies Recipe
Preparation Time 15 Minutes
Cooking Time 15 Minutes
Difficulty Easy
Recipe Type Non Veg.
Serves 18
Calories Per Serving 282
  • 3 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon (ground)
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg (ground)
  • ¼ tsp Cloves (ground)
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1½ tbsp fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ tsp Lemon Zest
  • ¼ cup Hazelnuts (chopped)
  • 1 tsp Brandy
How to make Pfeffernusse Cookies:
  • Take a large mixing bowl and mix together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt.
  • Take another large bowl and combine white sugar and eggs. Beat the mixture till it gets thick and light-colored.
  • Add in lemon juice and lemon zest. Beat well.
  • Add the flour mixture and blend the mixture well.
  • Finally, add the hazelnuts and stir gently.
  • Cover the mixture and refrigerate for 4 hours.
  • Remove and turn the dough onto a floured surface.
  • Roll the dough measuring ½ inch thickness.
  • Cut out cookies from the dough using 1½ inch round cookie cutter.
  • Place the cookies on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  • Cover the cookies with clean towels and keep them undisturbed for about 4 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
  • Turn the cookies over and add a drop of brandy in the center of each cookie.
  • Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes till they are lightly colored.
  • Remove and cool on wire racks.