Pfeffernusse (Pepper Nuts) The German Christmas Cookie Recipe @pinch

These Pfeffernusse cookies are a little bit of prep and work but trust us, they are worth it. Lemon and candied orange peel give these soft and tender cookies a delicious citrus note that is a nice contrast to the spices. Cinnamon and cloves are noticeable and the pepper lingers just a bit. They remind us of Christmas. Since the cookie itself is not overly sweet, the glaze adds a welcome bit of sweetness. This is a VERY spicy version of this cookie! If you like less spice, start with a quarter of the spices and add to taste.This cookie seems difficult, but if you prep everything ahead, then all you have to do is throw it in the bowl. So, candy the orange peel, zest and juice the lemon, measure the spices, and use a food processor or nut grinder to get the nuts to a coarse grind before you begin.

pfeffernusse (pepper nuts) "the german christmas cookie"
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Recipe Cuisine: German Recipe Category: Cookies Yield: 6 Servings
Ingredients :
  • 3 - oranges
  • 1/4 cup(s) water, plus more for boiling
  • 1 cup(s) sugar
  • 1 cup(s) butter
  • 1/2 cup(s) sugar
  • 1 - egg
  • 2 tablespoon(s) molasses
  • 1/2 tablespoon(s) vanilla
  • 1 large lemon (zest + juice)
  • 3 teaspoon(s) cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon(s) ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoon(s) ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoon(s) cardamom
  • 2 3/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon(s) baking soda
  • 1 cup(s) walnuts or almonds, coarsely ground
  • 2 tablespoon(s) lemon juice, more or less to taste
  • 1 cup(s) powdered sugar
Intructions :
  • To candy the orange peel, cut the top and bottom off the oranges so they can sit flat. Using a knife or vegetable peeler, cut the skin off the orange so that it has as little pith as possible
  • Pulse the peels in a food processor until they are coarsely ground. To make the peels less bitter, add them to a pot of boiling water. Boil for 1 minute. Let stand for 10 minutes. Strain through a sieve
  • Bring the sugar and water to a low boil. Add the peel and simmer for 3 mins
  • Strain through a sieve and spread the peels out on some waxed paper. Let dry
  • To make the cookie, cream the butter, sugar, and egg together
  • Add the molasses and vanilla; stir to combine
  • Add 1/2 cup candied orange peel, the lemon zest, juice, and spices; stir to combine
  • Slowly add the flour, baking soda, and nuts. Mix until just combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight
  • The next day, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Shape the dough into 3/4-inch balls (or scoop with a small cookie dough scoop) and drop them onto a greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes. until cookies are set and bottoms are a LIGHT golden brown. They will firm as they cool. Overbaking will result in a hard cookie. Let cool on a cookie sheet for a minute then place on a cooling rack that is over a sheet of foil
  • To make the glaze, mix the lemon juice and powdered sugar until smooth and has the consistency of warm honey
  • Hold each still slightly warm cookie by the bottom and dip the top portion in the glaze. Place it back on the cooling rack to finish cooling.

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