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These German spice cookies are traditionally a festive treat at Christmas, but we like to enjoy them all year round.
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1.Preheat oven to 160°C. Line two oven trays with baking paper.
2.Melt butter in a small saucepan; stir in brown sugar and molasses until combined. Transfer to a large bowl; cool 10 minutes. Stir in egg, then sifted flour, spices, pepper and soda.
3.Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls. Place balls, about 3cm apart, on trays.
4.Bake biscuits about 15 minutes or until firm to touch. Stand on trays 10 minutes.
5.Sift icing sugar into a small bowl; toss warm biscuits in sugar until well coated. Place biscuits on a wire rack to cool.

Pfeffernüssen translates from German as “pepper nut” biscuits, they are a variation on a type of German gingerbread known as “lebkuchen”. Pfeffernüssen are extremely hard when they are first baked and benefit from being dunked into liquid before eating, however, they do start to soften after a day or two.


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