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Pfefferneuse (Peppernuts)

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By Cecilia Gustafsson (1891-1979)

Makes about 60

1-2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon lemon peel; grated
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/3 cup butter; softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup walnuts; finely chopped
1 teaspoon anise seed
Some Confectioner's sugar in a shallow bowl (for rolling warm cookies)

1.) In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, lemon peel, salt, spices & pepper.

2.) In big bowl, beat together butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in the egg. Add the flour mixture alternately with milk, and beat it well after each addition. Stir in chopped walnuts and anise seeds with a wooden spoon.

3.) Drop dough by teaspoonfuls, 2″ apart, on lightly greased baking sheets.

4.) Bake at 350 for 15-17 minutes.

5.) Cool slightly on wire racks (until just handleable).

6.) Roll in confectioners' sugar while still warm; cool completely.

7.) Stick ‘em down your neck with gusto!

Note: Submitted by Kurt Gustafson.

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Reviews of Pfefferneuse (Peppernuts):

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  Mary in Nutley, NJ  Dec 16, 2013
Would make this again.
These cookies remind me of celebrating Christmas with my grandparents and my very large extended family. They are delicious and my own children love them. Great recipe! 5 stars

  A Cookie baker in MI in Michigan USA  Dec 29, 2010
Would make this again.
Heaven for the palate! My German Grandma passed when I was 12, So I never got to ask her for her recipes. From what I've hear from a couple german friends, this recipe is very authentic. Thank you so much for sharing it! Wish I had more German recipes like Beef Rouladen, and the famous Sauerbraten......

A Cookie Baker in MIUSA
5 stars

  A cookie baker in Michigan USA  Dec 29, 2010
Would make this again.
I'm of German descent and my grandmother passed away when I was younger and didn't get to copy her recipes. This is extremely close to what she made--that is a real compliment! Wish I had more authentic German Recipes for Rouladen, Sauerbraten etc. 5 stars

  Serrena in Fremont, Ca  Dec 29, 2008
Would make this again.
I really like this cookie, it's like a biscuit that just slightly sweet.

The recipe yielded about 40 cookies
4 stars

   Dec 15, 2007
Would make this again.
These are wonderful. My whole family loves them, and my husband said he thinks these are the best cookies he's ever had. He's no easy critic either. Easy to make and very unique spicy flavor. I'm making more tomorrow. 5 stars

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