These nut-sized cookies are spiced with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and pepper. They are called Pepperkaker, in Norway.

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Ingredients

96
Original recipe yields 96 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

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  • Combine dry ingredients and set aside.

  • In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar together until light. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

  • Stir in dry ingredients 1/2 cup at a time. Add almonds, if desired.

  • Roll into one inch balls and arrange 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 11 to 14 minutes.

  • Cool and store in airtight containers for 3 days to mellow flavors.

Nutrition Facts

50.7 calories; 0.9 g protein; 7.1 g carbohydrates; 7.7 mg cholesterol; 42.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (29)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2006
I love these cookies. They remind me of my grandmother's cookies from Germany. I make the recipe exactly as is BUT after I pull them from the oven I put them in a bag of powdered sugar and coat them. Then I let them sit for 3 - 5 days. Sometimes I coat them again with powdered sugar before serving. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/15/2019
The measurements for this is incorrect you cannot get 4 cups of flour into the amount of butter and eggs. You either have to cut the flour down to 2 cups or increase the butter to 1.5 cups and add 1 more egg. Once I did that the cookie dough would actually stick together and not just fall apart. The other thing is that the picture has them covered in powered sugar however there is no mention of that ingredient in the recipe. Read More
30 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2006
I love these cookies. They remind me of my grandmother's cookies from Germany. I make the recipe exactly as is BUT after I pull them from the oven I put them in a bag of powdered sugar and coat them. Then I let them sit for 3 - 5 days. Sometimes I coat them again with powdered sugar before serving. Read More
(37)
Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2006
I love these cookies. They remind me of my grandmother's cookies from Germany. I make the recipe exactly as is BUT after I pull them from the oven I put them in a bag of powdered sugar and coat them. Then I let them sit for 3 - 5 days. Sometimes I coat them again with powdered sugar before serving. Read More
(37)
Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2009
My favorite of the Pfeffernusse recipes... it tastes like the ones my grandmother makes. I did both a normal batch and following another reviewer's suggestion a batch with double the spices (except pepper). I like it better with the stronger spices and flavors. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/21/2007
Nice crunchy cookie great for the holidays. I did double the spices (except the pepper) and was still wishing for more spiced flavor so I'd probably triple them next time. I also cut the sugar down to 1 c. and it was still just the right amount of sweetness. Read More
(18)
Rating: 4 stars
12/12/2003
Very unusual flavor for a cookie- very spicy and not especially sweet. I enjoyed them for breakfast with a cup of tea. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2011
I am a firm believer in trying the original recipe before making modifications unless of course there is an obvious error in the ingredients. I followed the recipe exactly and really enjoyed the flavor of these cookies. I didn't add the almonds because I'm not a big fan of nuts in desserts. If you are not a fan of cardamom you probably won't like these cookies. The cardamom flavor was definitely present but not overpowering. Definitely follow the instructions and only add 1/2 cup of the flour mixture at a time. The last 1/2 cup to Cup of flour you will probably want to knead the dough by hand. Don't expect a very big cookie. They don't grow much bigger than the inch ball you originally rolled them into. My children and my husband really liked the cookies. It was a very easy recipe and one that I will be making again. Read More
(13)
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2008
These cookies are fabulous! Not a sweet treat but a wonderful spicy cookie. My husband loves Pfeffernusse and I had never made them. He raved about them. Warn the readers that the dough is dry and crumbly. I was afraid I had put too much flour in and made a second batch! But they came out great. Took the second dough and froze it to bake them off for when my adult kids come for a visit. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2006
I loved these! I ran out of cardamom so I used some nutmeg and cloves in place. I also added vanilla and about 1 tablespoon of honey. These are great with black coffee! I later thought adding in orange or lemon zest would be a lovely variation. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2007
I was looking for a recipe that had a different unique taste to it. These sounded good so I made them according to the recipe adding in the optional almonds. (I toasted them first in the oven before I added them and it made a wonderful difference) This recipe was GREAT. I didn't want to give any of them away! If you like exotic different flavors with a little pinch of spice you will love these. AWESOME! Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2003
These cookies are unlike any I've ever had before. The flavor takes some getting used to. They are not sweet but they're loaded with flavor. Don't make these if you don't like Cardamom that's what I thought dominated the cookies. Read More
(9)
Rating: 3 stars
03/15/2019
The measurements for this is incorrect you cannot get 4 cups of flour into the amount of butter and eggs. You either have to cut the flour down to 2 cups or increase the butter to 1.5 cups and add 1 more egg. Once I did that the cookie dough would actually stick together and not just fall apart. The other thing is that the picture has them covered in powered sugar however there is no mention of that ingredient in the recipe. Read More