A spicy holiday treat! Crisp and good with a cup of tea.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
24
Yield:
4 dozen
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Sift together flour, baking powder, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir in the orange rind and nuts.

  • In a medium size bowl, beat eggs and sugar until thick. Blend in flour mixture to make a smooth dough.

  • Roll dough into 1 inch balls, place onto ungreased baking sheets and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, until light brown.

Nutrition Facts

168 calories; protein 3.4g 7% DV; carbohydrates 30g 10% DV; fat 4.2g 7% DV; cholesterol 31mg 10% DV; sodium 53mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2003
I wouldn't call these cookies "spicy" --in fact I would be tempted to use more spice next time but they are certainly good. A delicate flavor and not too much fat. Only the eggs and walnuts contribute fat to this recipe. I also rolled some of the cookies in powdered sugar before baking them; they turned out very cute (without the powdered sugar they're pretty unimpressive brown lumps). My German professor had seconds and thirds so I call this a success. (But I found that they didn't need to be baked quite as long as the recipe called for. 10 minutes is about sufficient). Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/24/2006
These are called pfeffernusse because they are supposed to have pepper in them. Where is it??? This is just a light spice cookie. Add 1/4 t black or white pepper for a true pfeffernusse taste. Also these cookies are supposed to be aged for about 2 weeks for maximal flavor. They will be bland when first out of the oven. Read More
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18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 2 stars
11/23/2006
These are called pfeffernusse because they are supposed to have pepper in them. Where is it??? This is just a light spice cookie. Add 1/4 t black or white pepper for a true pfeffernusse taste. Also these cookies are supposed to be aged for about 2 weeks for maximal flavor. They will be bland when first out of the oven. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2003
I wouldn't call these cookies "spicy" --in fact I would be tempted to use more spice next time but they are certainly good. A delicate flavor and not too much fat. Only the eggs and walnuts contribute fat to this recipe. I also rolled some of the cookies in powdered sugar before baking them; they turned out very cute (without the powdered sugar they're pretty unimpressive brown lumps). My German professor had seconds and thirds so I call this a success. (But I found that they didn't need to be baked quite as long as the recipe called for. 10 minutes is about sufficient). Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2006
I made these beauties for my American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR) chapter's annual Christmas Cookie exchange - they are really good! These cookies are crisp not overly sweet with a bite of ginger -The addition of orange zest really makes the cookie wonderful! They were a big hit with this crowd who really knows their German cookies! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2005
I made these for church and they are wonderful. You can really taste the citrus as well as the spices and I was glad to find a recipe that does not add fat besides the eggs since this is traditional for coffee dunking cookies. They stayed a little soft in the middle so maybe bake a little longer than specified to get a totally crispy cookie. I had to alter this recipe a bit by ading flour until I could roll the balls - the dough was too wet. Try an extra 1/2 cup or so. This did not deter from my rating...they were delicious - many compliments from all my friends. Thanks for sharing this Deutsch treat! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2005
These cookies taste great and are very addictive. I followed the recipe exactly except for the cloves because I did'nt have any. I brought these cookies to are German potluck at work and everyone loved them. I don't even like crisp cookies but could'nt stop eating these. These cookies are easy to make. I also sprinkled powered sugar on top yuummmeeeee. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/11/2006
I'm a little confused by this recipe as it is a traditional German Christmas spice cookie called "Pepper (nut) Corn" cookies. They seemed to have omitted the black pepper which makes this cookied different from others. Try adding 1 tsp. ground black pepper for a more authentic taste... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2010
Made these today cause they didn't call for any butter oil etc. I tried to follow the recipe though I didn't have walnuts so used pecans and added some black pepper..and becasue ppl are wimps here I halved the spices. I also divided the recipe. I wasn't sure what 'thick' meant but just let it mix on high for awhile. The dough was suprisingly not really sticky and was able to shape them somewhat. NOW out of the oven they're really pale!! Didn't spread much at all..They were soft airy kinda cake-like in texture an mmm I really liked them!! Would def. make again for a healthy?? cookie and will use as a base for other butterless cookies but will try to add some color..somehow. THANKS for the recipe =) P.s..just realized I didn't sift Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2003
i whipped up the egg whites before adding them in and they came out a little "meringue-y". very good though. i also dusted them with powdered sugar and they came out like little snowballs. the best part of the recipe is that it is very easy to make! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/27/2006
Not my cup of tea but maybe if you already know you like this kind of cookie it would be good? Read More
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