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Pebernødder / Musner

Pebernødder / Musner

Pebernødder / Musner

Pebernødder / Musner
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Course: Hand-Shaped CookiesCuisine: DenmarkDifficulty: Easy



Musner, or Pebernødder (meaning “pepper nuts”), are small Danish ginger cookies spiced up with a dash of white pepper. They are served as snacks all throughout the month of December in Denmark. Pebernødder is truly the correct name for this recipe, but Danish immigrants brought this to the USA and some families of Danish origin know these as Musner (we are not sure why!).


  • 1/4 cup butter at room temperature

  • 1/4 cup shortening at room temperature

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking ammonia or 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 generous pinch of white pepper

  • 2/3 cup half-and-half or light 10% cream

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour


  • Beat together butter and shortening in a mixing bowl until creamy. Add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking ammonia or cream of tartar, allspice, baking powder, and cloves. Beat until mixture is light and fluffy. Add cream, beat until well combined. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer (a stand mixer should be able to handle all the flour but it will probably become too stiff for a hand mixer). By hand, stir in the remaining flour (if any) to make a stiff dough. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill 1 hour or until firm. Pre-heat oven to 400 F. Roll dough into six 10-inch-long ropes about 3/4 inch in diameter. Cut into 3/4-inch pieces. Place about 1/2 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.




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This was so easy to make I would make it again.
- A Baker

My grandfather started working as a baker in Denmark when he was very young. He used to make these cookies for us every Christmas, and the smell of them baking is something I will always associate with him.
- t-bird in Nova Scotia

I love this recipe!!!!!!!!!!!!
- A Baker
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