These are deliciously tiny, somewhat time consuming to make (but totally worth it), eaten-by-the-handful Danish shortbread cookies. This recipe was given to me by a local grandmother at the annual Scandinavian Festival in Junction City, Oregon. Stored in an airtight container, they'll last close to two weeks.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
200
Yield:
16 dozen
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Ingredients

200
Original recipe yields 200 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). Lightly grease two to three baking sheets.

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  • Beat the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Stir in the cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt until well blended. Mix in the flour, one cup at a time, until the dough gathers together. With floured hands, pinch off small, 1/2 teaspoon amounts of dough, roll into tiny balls, and place on prepared baking sheets.

  • Bake in preheated oven until bottom of cookies are light tan, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool 15 minutes on baking sheets. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

19 calories; protein 0.3g; carbohydrates 2.3g; fat 1g; cholesterol 4.3mg; sodium 18.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2008
I'm only giving this recipe a 4 because it's missing some of the traditional ingredients. Firstly omit the cloves, we don't use those here in Denmark. Secondly you need to add "white pepper" which is why they are called "pepper nuts". This recipe should use about one quarter of a teaspoon. It also requires 2 teaspoons of baking soda which will make them rise a bit to get the perfect traditional pebernødder shape! Also the correct way to write it without the special character is "Pebernoedder". MERRY CHRISTMAS! :) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/22/2007
These were pretty good. I used a little less flour and made the cookies a little bit bigger than indicated in the recipe. So the result was not a hard cookie (when I read the first review I was worried - I didn't want to eat gravel!) This is a nice small spice cookie which is not too sweet. Read More
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23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2008
I'm only giving this recipe a 4 because it's missing some of the traditional ingredients. Firstly omit the cloves, we don't use those here in Denmark. Secondly you need to add "white pepper" which is why they are called "pepper nuts". This recipe should use about one quarter of a teaspoon. It also requires 2 teaspoons of baking soda which will make them rise a bit to get the perfect traditional pebernødder shape! Also the correct way to write it without the special character is "Pebernoedder". MERRY CHRISTMAS! :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2007
Man - I didn't know ANYONE outside of my family ate peppernuts! I love this cookie but it is totally unlike any American cookie. They're almost like gravel round and hard. But the cardamom flavor can't be beat. When we make them we roll them into ropes about 3/8" in diameter. Cut the rope then roll the rope a quarter turn cut and roll back a quarter turn. Then the peppernut has a strange 3-D trapezoidal shape. Set them in rows on the cookie sheet (they don't spread so you can put them quite close together). These are a tradition for us to make the day after Thanksgiving. I cannot wait! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2007
I have been searching for this recipe for YEARS - I didn't know the name of it so that slowed me down some! I'm glad to say my search is over. These cookies are FANTASTIC!! A German neighbor made these when I was a kid and helping her was always a blast. This is definitely a "get together" recipe because the cookies are made so small it does take a while to roll them all out - but they are so worth it!!! We fill up pretty jars with them and decorate them with ribbons for gifts. They are tasty like a crunchy bite-sized gingersnap - I can't tell you how happy I am to have this recipe. My son loves helpig with them and it will definitely become a Christmas tradition in our home to make these! Thank you so much for posting this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2008
Man are these yummy! I made them the size of a teaspoon and baked them for only 7 minutes. I was able to fit 40 on a baking sheet since they really don't spread much. They're the consistency of a sugar cookie (not gravel haha!) I didn't have the ground cloves and didn't miss it but I think I'll add more cardamom next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2007
i love pebernodder. this is a cookie that has been made for centurys in my family. i have never heard it described as "gravel like" tho. i do want to share a tip ive learned over the years. because this is a butter based cookie it will burn easily so watch it closely and do not over cook otherwise im glad such a great danish recipe on here! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/16/2010
While not exactly the same they're very close to the real thing! I left out the cloves and added about 2g of white pepper as well as about 2 tsp. of baking soda (I don't have measuring spoons so i used a small teaspoon/eggspoon) as per mobygirl. This was my first time making pebernødder and it certainly won't be my last. I have a VERY picky Danish husband who enthusiastically approved...so much that he ate 1/2 of the cookies in the first hour of me making them! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2007
These cookies are a favorite of mine made by my Danish grandmother! I didn't really know they were Danish. I just found the recipe in my box this season and decided to make them for holiday gifts. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/21/2007
These were pretty good. I used a little less flour and made the cookies a little bit bigger than indicated in the recipe. So the result was not a hard cookie (when I read the first review I was worried - I didn't want to eat gravel!) This is a nice small spice cookie which is not too sweet. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2015
This recipe is so much easier than the one I have been using for years! They come out just perfect - addictive crunchy cookies! Read More
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