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What's Your Preferred Pferrernusse Cookie Recipe?

 
 
Reply Sun 6 Dec, 2009 09:00 pm
What are your preferred choices from the options below?


Many pferrernusse recipes use a different combination of spices from a list that includes:

cloves
allspice
nutmeg
black pepper
cinnamon
citron
ginger
cardamom
mace
almonds
anise


Some use butter and others use shortening

Some use corn syrup, honey, sugar, brown sugar or molasses


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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 6 Dec, 2009 09:08 pm
I want to know, too!
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djjd62
 
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Reply Sun 6 Dec, 2009 09:10 pm
@Butrflynet,
okay, had to go look them up, i was pretty sure i knew what they were, and i was right

don't have a recipe (never made them) and as for preference, if they're on a plate in front of me i'm gonna eat them no matter what's in em, no questions asked, except, can i have a cup of tea?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 6 Dec, 2009 09:14 pm
@Butrflynet,
I've only had store bought ones, I think, but I love them...

also like lebkuchen a lot -

haven't tried either of them in years.

Uh oh.
Miss L Toad
 
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Reply Sun 6 Dec, 2009 09:58 pm
@Butrflynet,
http://www.grouprecipes.com/29543/german-pfeffernusse.html

I like the look of this one.

Don't go nuts with the pfeffer.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sun 6 Dec, 2009 10:30 pm
The German Pfeffernuesse have
eggs
sugar
butter
cinnamon
white pepper
candied lemon peel
candied orange peel
grated lemon peel
flour
baking powder
lemon juice
butter
nutmeg
cardamon
allspice
brown rum

One should wait at least 6 weeks before eating.

Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sun 6 Dec, 2009 10:37 pm
@CalamityJane,
CJ, I've seen recipes where after baking they are just rolled in powdered sugar. Other recipes make a meringue and fondant mixture and coat the cookies in the meringue before rolling them in powdered sugar.

Which is the traditional German way?
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sun 6 Dec, 2009 11:00 pm
@Butrflynet,
You roll them in powdered sugar, Butrflynet.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Mon 7 Dec, 2009 07:23 am
@ossobuco,
Yes, I got four boxes of pfeffernusse from Trader Joe's this year since we love them and I missed them entirely last year! (They sold out.)

I'd love to try making them.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 7 Dec, 2009 07:26 am
@CalamityJane,
CalamityJane wrote:
One should wait at least 6 weeks before eating.

Shocked
but that's like.......FOREVER
sozobe
 
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Reply Mon 7 Dec, 2009 07:29 am
@djjd62,
Like, I know!

Had to go get the open box of pfeffernusse and have one... yum. It's snowing, I'm noshing on pfeffernusse, life is good.

(These have cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg.)
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 7 Dec, 2009 01:58 pm
@djjd62,
djjd62 wrote:

CalamityJane wrote:
One should wait at least 6 weeks before eating.

Shocked
but that's like.......FOREVER


If you replace some of the sugar with honey, that will help soften the cookies. Honey is a natural softener in baking.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 7 Dec, 2009 02:00 pm
I'm thinking of making a batch of them to give out to the neighbors around here. Haven't quite hit upon a recipe that I like well enough to try yet. Have some more cookbooks to search through before deciding. I'll take some photos of the progress and final results if I do end up making them.
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CandyCane28
 
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Reply Wed 9 Dec, 2009 01:22 pm
@Butrflynet,
This thread caught my eye. What exactly is a pferrernusse cookie?
Green Witch
 
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Reply Wed 9 Dec, 2009 01:45 pm
@CandyCane28,
They are a traditional German Christmas cookie that features molasses and honey and a variety of spices. This is what they look like:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_T7KT9xbfVQc/SUahEPRStsI/AAAAAAAAAxI/fwJtBHyNG78/s400/peppernuts2.jpg

I'm sure you could use the brand of sugar you're peddling around the internet.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 9 Dec, 2009 01:48 pm
@djjd62,
Well, the reason is quite simple: otherwise you wouldn't the aromas of the spices. (Which is true if I remember correctly how they tasted during my childhood and ... later Very Happy )
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Abhibhava Ubriani
 
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Reply Mon 24 Aug, 2015 12:14 am
The German Pfeffernuesse have
eggs
sugar
butter
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Kailash
 
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Reply Wed 7 Oct, 2015 11:48 pm
@Butrflynet,
Pfeffernusse Cookies is one of the most favorite:
given below is the recipe:

INGREDIENTS
2 cups sifted flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
3/4 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon mace
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon finely ground white pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground anise seeds
1 cup honey
3 Tablespoons shortening
1 egg
Confectioner's sugar

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Sift together flour, cardamom, baking powder, allspice, salt, mace, baking, soda, pepper, and anise.

Heat the honey but do not boil. Add the shortening, then cool. Beat in the egg, then stir in dry ingredients just until blended. Let the dough rest for about 10 minutes to allow it to stiffen.

Shape dough into 1-1/2-inch balls. Place the balls onto a greased cookie sheet (you may flatten them slightly if you wish).
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