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This is a German spice cookie recipe, similar to gingerbread, which I received from my mother, Sabine Muller. I have been making these for over 20 years. I looked online at other Pfefferkuchen recipes and none were like this one. I thought that I would share it with you. The literal translation is 'pepper cakes', I always ice them with a lemon glaze.

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Recipe Summary

cook:
20 mins
total:
1 hr 20 mins
prep:
1 hr
Servings:
108
Yield:
9 dozen cookies
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Ingredients

108
Original recipe yields 108 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring molasses, honey, and sugar to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat, then remove from heat and allow to cool for 30 minutes.

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

  • Stir in anise, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, lemon zest, and butter. Dissolve baking soda in water, then stir into the molasses mixture. Sift together 6 cups of flour with the baking powder and cocoa powder into a large bowl. Stir in molasses mixture and eggs until smooth. Stir in remaining 3 cups flour until a stiff dough has formed.

  • Divide dough into 4 pieces to make it more manageable. Roll the dough to 1/4-inch thick on a well floured surface and cut into shapes with a cookie cutter.

  • Bake cookies on ungreased baking sheets 8 to 10 minutes until lightly browned around the edges. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

86 calories; protein 1.3g; carbohydrates 18.2g; fat 1.1g; cholesterol 5.7mg; sodium 88.3mg. Full Nutrition
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