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Pfeffernüsse German Cookies

A German holiday cookie
Pfeffernüsse German Cookies
Photo courtesy of Mccormick

Pfeffernüsse or "peppernuts" are spiced cookies typically made during the holidays. 

Recipe courtesy of McCormick 

Ready in
25 m
15 m
(prepare time)
10 m
(cook time)
Calories Per Serving


  • 2 3/4 Cups flour
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon McCormick® Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon McCormick® Ground Pepper Black
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon McCormick® Ground Cloves
  • 1/8 Teaspoon McCormick® Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 Cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 Cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon McCormick® All Natural Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon McCormick® Pure Anise Extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon McCormick® Pure Lemon Extract
  • Confectioners' sugar


Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, pepper, salt, cloves and nutmeg into large bowl.

Set aside.

Beat brown sugar and butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.

Add eggs and extracts; mix well.

Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed.


Refrigerate 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Shape heaping teaspoons of dough into ovals.

Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake 10 minutes.

Cool on baking sheets 1 minute.

Remove to wire racks.

Sprinkle confectioners' sugar over warm cookies.

Cool completely.

Store cookies in airtight containers.