Peppernotter - Spiced Christmas Biscuits

Peppernotter - Spiced Christmas Biscuits


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

S. Sundt

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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