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Pfeffernusse Holiday Cookies

December 9, 2019

Holiday baking is in full force and these Pfeffernüsse Holiday Cookies taste just like Christmas!  They are easy to make, and will be a family favorite for years! 

Christmas is extra special this year with baby dinner fairy here, and I’m making all of our family holiday favorites.  Even though my baby won’t be able to try them for a while, I know the rest of the family will enjoy my Pfeffernusse holiday cookies!

pfeffernusse cookies baked on plate

What are Pfeffernüsse holiday cookies?

Pfeffernüsse translates to “peppernuts” in German, where they originate.  These holiday cookies are small, firm, round cookies that we dust in powdered sugar and disappear within minutes of coming out of the oven.  I’m partnering today with FoodSaver® to show you that all your holiday baking doesn’t have to be done at once!  Here at the Dinner Fairy household, freshly baked cookies are our jam, so I love to roll out my cookies in half dozen batches and seal them for warm and freshly baked holiday cookies whenever I want them!  Though throughout the years the recipes for Pfeffernusse have differed, all contain the best of holiday spices – cinnamon, molasses, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and most importantly, anise! 

How can I use FoodSaver to make Pfeffernüsse holiday cookies?

I have fallen in love with my FoodSaver® Handheld Sealer over the past few months.  I’m a Costco member, and that means that I often buy in bulk.  With FoodSaver, I’ve been able to vacuum seal individual meals and ingredients to help keep my ingredients more fresh, and eliminate food waste!  It’s been a game-changer for the Holidays with food prep for our family meals.  It’s also the perfect holiday gift for your foodie friends!

If you’ve never vacuum sealed before, the FoodSaver® Handheld Sealer is a great tool to start with.  Whether you want to make prep-ahead meals, store leftovers, or freeze meats and produce for longer periods of time,  FoodSaver’s air-tight seal keeps moisture out preventing freezer burn and locking in nutrients, taste, and freshness up to five times longer than traditional storage methods.  You can pick up your own at your local Walmart!

pfeffernusse cookie dough in foodsaver bag

 

After making and chilling your Pfeffernüsse holiday cookie dough, roll out teaspoon-sized round balls.  Place them in the FoodSaver 1-quart vacuum seal zipper bags and place them in the fridge or freezer for warm cookies whenever you want them! 

How do you make Pfeffernüsse holiday cookies?

In a mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar and beat until well incorporated and fluffy.

Add eggs one at a time until incorporated.

Add allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, anise, molasses, and corn syrup and beat until combined.

Add in half the flour and baking soda and mix on low.  Add water and the rest of the flour and mix until fully incorporated.

Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 1 hour.

Remove from fridge and roll balls about 3/4″ in diameter.  Place in 1 Quart FoodSaver bags and use FoodSaver® Handheld Sealer to remove any air.  Place in the fridge or freezer to bake Pfeffernüsse holiday cookies later.

Making more cookies for Santa?  Check out my Double Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies!

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Pfeffernusse Holiday Cookies

  • Author: Nicole Triebe
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 dozen 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp allspice
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 tsp anise extract
  • 3 tbl water
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

In a mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar and beat until well incorporated and fluffy.

Add eggs one at a time until incorporated.

Add allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, anise, molasses, and corn syrup and beat until combined.

Add in half the flour and baking soda and mix on low.  Add water and the rest of the flour and mix until fully incorporated.

Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 1 hour.

Remove from fridge and roll balls about 3/4″ in diameter.  

Bake for 10 minutes at 400F.  Remove and roll in powdered sugar while still warm.

Enjoy! 

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