Pfeffernuesse Recipe

Pfeffernuesse Recipe

Pfeffernuesse recipe
Have you ever tried Pfeffernuesse? It’s a German cookies that is similar to gingerbread, but has a bit of a kick. Pfeffernuesse literally translates to “pepper nut” the cookies are small and use some great spices for flavor! It’s great to warm you up for the holidays.

I made this recipe tonight using baking splenda brown sugar and soy margarine. It can easily be made not only gluten free, but sugar free and dairy free as well!


  • 1/3 cup Molasses
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Rice Flour*
  • 1 cup Tapioca Starch*
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar, firmly packed
  • 3/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cardamom**
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Allspice
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Egg, beaten

*If you are making this recipe gluten-full you can use 1 cups all purpose flour!

** Cardamom is a very expensive spice – around $30 for a small bottle. Visit your local bulk store, get a couple table spoons and you will have enough for years to come!


  1. In a large saucepan combine the molasses and butter. Cook over low heat until the butter melts. Remove from heat. Pour mixture into a large bowl and cool to room temperature.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, cardamom, allspice and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Stir egg into cooled molasses mixture. Gradually stir into flour mixture until combined.
  4. With hands, kneed in the last of the flour mixture.
  5. Cover and chill for about 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.
  6. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  7. Divide dough into 12 portions. On a lightly floured surface roll each portion into a 10 inch rope.
  8. Cut ropes into 1/2 inch pieces. Place pieces 1/2 inch apart on a ungreased baking pan – Or use Parchment Paper
  9. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the edges are firm and bottoms are lightly browned. Transfer cookies to paper towels, allow to cool completely.

This recipe makes approximately 240 small spicy cookies. They can be stored at room temperature for a few days, or frozen for up to 3 months.

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