Peppernotter - Spiced Christmas Biscuits

    1 hour 10 min

    ...pfeffernüsse, pebernodder, peppernotter or perrarnotter are all spiced biscuits, available around the Christmas season. These won't last long in your house.

    15 people made this

    Makes: 48 biscuits

    • 3 eggs
    • 150g caster sugar
    • 110g dark brown soft sugar
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 65g almonds, chopped (optional)
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 375g plain flour
    • 125g icing sugar
    • 2 teaspoons water

    Prep:45min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 150 C / Gas 2. Grease several baking trays.
    2. Beat the eggs, caster sugar and dark brown soft sugar in a bowl until the sugar is incorporated, then beat in lemon juice, almonds, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, allspice and cloves until thoroughly combined. Mix in flour to make a sticky dough.
    3. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface and knead the dough 1 to 2 minutes, adding more flour if needed, to make a smooth workable dough. Pinch off pieces of dough and roll them into balls about 3.75cm diameter; place the balls on the prepared baking trays at least 2.5cm apart.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven until a cocktail stick inserted into the centre of a cookie comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Remove from trays immediately to cooling racks to prevent cookies from getting too hard.
    5. Stir together icing sugar and water to make the glaze; drizzle each cookie while slightly warm with about 1/2 teaspoon, spreading it around the top of the cookie.

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    Cookies did not flatten out like picture shows, but I fixed this on my second batch by flattening the tops, and they were bland. I would recommend adding more spices for more flavor. Also make sure to wait until they are completely cooled before adding the glaze on top. Cookies were ok but I will not be making them again.  -  25 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I agree with Tina, this turned out rather bland. Living in Europe, I tend to double the dose of anything 'spicy', in american recipes (as I did for this one), 2 and a half cups of flour would be better, I agree. I also triple the garlic for American recipes.  -  24 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Always wanted to find a recipe like this! I omitted the black pepper and instead added 1/2 tsp white pepper instead, and also added 1/2 tsp salt. I rolled the cookies into balls, then in some raw sugar, flatted with a flat glass. Mmmm!  -  30 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)