German Pfeffernusse Spice Cookies

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Enjoy a classic taste of the holidays with German Pfeffernüsse Spice Cookies, rolled in powdered sugar when cooled.

Makes: 4 doz
Difficulty: easy
Prep time: 15 min
Bake time: 15 min per batch


2¼ c all-purpose flour *
¼ t baking soda
¾ t cinnamon
¼ t ea allspice, ground cloves and nutmeg
½ t ea ground cardamom, ground ginger and freshly ground black pepper
¼ t salt
½ c butter, softened
¾ c brown sugar, packed
¼ c molasses (not blackstrap)
1 lg egg
½ t vanilla
1 c powdered sugar, for dusting


Preheat oven to 350º. Line baking sheet with parchment paper (or use nonstick pans). Combine flour, soda, spices and salt. Set aside. Beat together butter, brown sugar and molasses in mixer until fluffy, 3 min. Add egg and vanilla, combining well. Add dry ingredients and mix very briefly, just until combined. Using a teaspoon, make small balls and place on sheet pan, slightly spaced apart. Bake 13-14 min, until cookies are firm and small cracks appear. Cool completely and roll in powdered sugar.

* To make this recipe gluten-free friendly, use gluten-free flour.