Taste Tester Tom requested Pfifernusse this year. They are a spicy German cookie that I also like. I gave it a try and they are really good.
Here’s what you’ll need.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp ground anise seed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp all spices 
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper (white or black)
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, for dusting

In a sauce pan heat butter, sugars, molasses and honey until melted and well combined. Remove from heat and let cool. Add egg and anise, stir and set aside.
In a separate bowl combine flour baking soda and spices. Gradually add molasses mixture to flour and mix together well.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Shape chilled dough into 1 inch balls. Place on a cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes in a pre-heated 325 degree oven. When cool, roll in powdered sugar. – Tasty!


  • I used a melon baller to shape cookies. It worked great.

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