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Pepper Nuts (Pfeffernusse) (From Cookie Muse, 11-12/02)

Category
dessert
Cuisine
cookies
Source
Joe George
Prep Time
2 hours (including chilling dough)
Number of Servings
makes 4 dozen
Ingredients
8 ounces unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup dark molasses
1 large egg
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
powdered sugar
Directions

In a large bowl combine the butter and granulated sugar and beat with a wooden spoon (or alternately, cream the butter and sugar in an electric mixer that is fitted with a paddle attachment). Add the molasses and eggs and mix thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, salt, pepper, cloves, cardamom, and allspice; add this mixture to the first bowl. Mix the dough until it forms dough, then knead together just until it forms a smooth ball. Cut the dough into small pieces and roll the pieces into 1 inch balls. Place the balls on a lightly greased cookie sheet and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the pfeffernusse in the preheated oven for 12-14 minutes or until they expand slightly and are golden brown. Cool the cookies on wire racks and roll them in powdered sugar.