Spice things up this Christmas.

  • 35 mins cooking ( + COOLING AND STANDING TIME)
  • Makes 30 MAKES
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Pfeffernüsse are little spice cookies, popular as a festive holiday treat in Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands, but we like to enjoy them all year.
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  • 125 grams butter, chopped coarsely
  • 3/4 cup (165g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (125g) molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/3 cups (350g) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/3 cup (55g) icing sugar


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 160°C (140°C fan-forced). Line two oven trays with baking paper.
  • 2
    Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugar and molasses to the pan; stir until combined. Transfer
    to a large bowl; cool for 10 minutes. Stir in the egg, then the sifted flour, spices, pepper and soda.
  • 3
    Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls. Place balls, about 3cm apart on trays. Bake for 15 minutes or until biscuits are firm to touch. Stand for 10 minutes.
  • 4
    Sift icing sugar into a small bowl; toss warm biscuits in sugar until well coated. Place on a wire rack to cool.


Suitable to freeze. Step 2 suitable to microwave. The biscuits will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 weeks.

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