25 Days of Cookies Day 5 - Pfeffernusse

As we go along, you will probably see that I have a penchant for spicy holiday cookies... and my ultimate favorite are Pfeffernusse - there's just something about them - gingerbread kicked up a notch, that is quintessentially Christmas for me.  It looks like a lot of spices (heck, a lot of ingredients) are required for this - and it is a fairly long list, but the effort is worth it!


1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter
2 eggs
4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cardamom
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons anise extract (or you can use 1/2 tsp ground star anise and a tsp vanilla extract)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  1. Stir together the molasses, honey, shortening, and margarine in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir until creamy. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Stir in the eggs.
  2. Combine the flour, white sugar, brown sugar, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, anise, cinnamon, baking soda, pepper, and salt in a large bowl. Add the molasses mixture and stir until thoroughly combines. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Roll the dough into acorn-sized balls. Arrange on baking sheets, spacing at least 1 inch apart.
  4. Bake in preheated oven 10 to 15 minutes. Move to a rack to cool. Dust cooled cookies with confectioners' sugar, or mix 1/4 c. confectioner's sugar with 2 tbsp. water and dip them to have more of  a 'candy' coating look.
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