Mom's Fabulous Pfeffernuesse

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“A delicious and rich little spice cookie-very flavorful and perfect for tea. My mother sends me some every year around Christmas, but they're so good that I begged her for the recipe. My favorite aunt Ava's version uses molasses instead of honey, but a combination is nice, and the honey helps them stay fresh.”
26 dozen

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cream butter, add sugar, cream well.
  2. Blend in honey (molasses) and 1/2 of water.
  3. Dissolve soda in remaining water.
  4. Add with sifted dry ingredients, anise and nuts to creamed mixture.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Chill.
  7. On greased cookie sheets, 10- 12 min, 375F.
  8. My mother used to make long rolls of dough, 3/4 in.
  9. thick, and slice'em off.
  10. Ava has some kind of sausage stuffer- works on same principle.
  11. I use a melon-baller, which does take some time.
  12. My batch is usually 26 dozen or so, if I remember right.
  13. Good luck and enjoy.
  14. Love, Mom.

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