Although I think of Molasses cookies as the traditional Ginger Cookie, this year I have learned about other versions of the Molasses cookie. This one is simply delicious!
The pfeffernüsse are originally a Dutch treat baked up on December 5th to celebrate Saint Nicolas. The name actually translates to “Pepper Nuts” although nuts and pepper are optional depending on the region the recipe comes from. Some versions do include pecans and some include black or white pepper.
Traditional pfeffernüsse are baked up hard, similar to biscotti, and dunked into a beverage in order to enjoy them. These are not baked up so hard that you must soak them in tea or coffee. They are the perfect texture with the soft middle, a slightly crunchy outside and a spicy bite that will leave you wanting more!
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 100 grams butter, softened
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar // panela sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup of powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, black pepper, and cloves. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg, molasses and vanilla; beat until well combined. Add flour mixture, beating just until combined.
- Pinch off rounded tablespoons of dough and roll into balls and place on baking sheet. Bake at 350F until they are golden and begin to crack, about 15-17 minutes.
- Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes. While cooling, add powdered sugar to a shallow bowl or a paper bag. Carefully transfer cookies, a couple at a time, to the powdered sugar moving or shaking them until fully covered. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
This is part of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies 2012 Series. View the other cookies in this series here:
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