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Translating to "pepper nuts", these deliciously spiced German biscuits are a traditional Christmas treat, but are irresistible any time of year. By making the biscuit dough in advance and leaving it overnight, the spices deepen to give the best flavour.

You'll need

335 gm plain flour 1½ tsp ground cinnamon ¾ tsp ground black pepper ½ tsp crushed aniseed ¼ tsp each ground allspice, ground nutmeg and ground ginger Pinch of ground cloves ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda 125 gm butter, softened 120 gm brown sugar 60 gm blackstrap molasses 1 egg   Spiced icing 100 gm pure icing sugar, sieved Pinch each of ground nutmeg and ground cloves


  • 01
  • Sift flour into a large bowl, add spices and bicarbonate of soda, and set aside.
  • 02
  • Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Add molasses, beat to combine, then add egg and beat to combine. Stir in flour mixture with a large pinch of flaked sea salt. Combine to form a dough and refrigerate for flavours to develop (2 hours-overnight).
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 160C. Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and place on baking trays lined with baking paper. Bake until just firm to touch (16-20 minutes). They’ll harden as they cool.
  • 04
  • For spiced icing, combine sugar, spices and 1 tbsp water in a large bowl (it should be a thick consistency). Dip pfeffernüsse into the icing and set aside to dry. They will keep in an airtight container for 5 days.

At A Glance

  • Serves 20 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 20 people

Drink Suggestion

Mulled cider.

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Aug 2013

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