25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Pfeffernussen

These little spicy snowball cookies are day 11’s recipe that was adapted from Martha Stewart.  They are traditional holiday cookies in Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands.  I will be honest, I have only had these cookies a couple of times. Their snowball-like appearance is what added them to my list of 25 cookies this season.



Adapted from Martha Stewart


1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4 cup firmly packed light-brown sugar

1 large egg

1/4 cup unsulfured molasses

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with silpat mats or parchment paper.
  2. Pour the confectioners’ sugar into a brown paper bag. Sift together flour, pepper, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and baking soda then set aside.
  3. Place butter, brown sugar, and molasses in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture; beat until just combined.
  4. Scoop dough in tablespoon amounts; roll into 1 1/4-inch balls. Arrange them about 1 1/2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake until cookies are golden and firm to the touch with slight cracking, about 15 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Transfer sheets to a wire rack to cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
  6. A few cookies at a time, put cookies in paper bag with confectioner’s sugar and shake well.
  7. Let cool completely on wire rack. Enjoy!


11 down, 14 cookies to go!

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