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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


  • 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


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.