Celebrating Albert Einstein’s birthday just got yummier with these Pfeffernusse cookies!Â A traditional German cookie the pfeffernusse, or “peppernuts”, get their name fromÂ a stiff dose of black pepper in the dough.Â Make them small so you can pop themÂ into your mouth one at a time.
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup butter — softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup dark molasses
- 1 large egg
- powdered sugar
Go ahead and grease your cookie sheet.
In large bowl- place flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, salt, cloves, cardamom and pepper; stir to combine.
In separate large bowl- beat butter and sugar with electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy.Â Beat in molasses and egg. Gradually add flour mixture. Beat at low speed until dough forms.
Go ahead andÂ preheat your oven to 350 F, 175 C
Form dough into a disc; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, 30 minutes or up to 3 days.
Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove cookies with spatula to wire racks; dust with sifted powdered sugar. Cool completely.Â Store tightly covered at room temperature or freeze up to 3 months.Â This recipe for Pfeffernusse serves/makes 5 dozen.
Enjoy your Albert Einstein’s birthday celebrating while enjoying these fabulous German cookies!