Black Pepper and Spice Biscuits

    8 hours 42 minutes

    Beautiful little round spice biscuits with a dash of black pepper. Make the dough the day before and chill overnight.

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    Serves: 30 

    • 4 cups (500g) plain flour
    • 1/2 cup (110g) white sugar
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons bicarb soda
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • pepper to taste
    • 3/4 cup (185ml) molasses
    • 125g butter
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/3 cup icing sugar for decoration

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:12min  ›  Extra time:8hours chilling  ›  Ready in:8hours42min 

    1. Stir together flour, sugar, bicarb soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and a dash of black pepper.
    2. In large saucepan combine molasses and butter; heat and stir until butter melts. Cool to room temperature.
    3. Stir in eggs. Add dry ingredients to molasses mixture; mix well. Cover. Chill several hours or overnight.
    4. Shape into 3cm balls. Place on greased baking tray.
    5. Bake at 180 degrees C for 12 to 14 minutes or until biscuits are done. Remove. Cool. Roll in powdered sugar.

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    I have been making these for years and everyone adores them, the only change I have made is to only cook them 8-9 minutes, 12 is much too long, you want to take them out when they are still somewhat soft as they will harden a bit as they cool. This way you will have a softer, chewier cookie.  -  09 Apr 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Not at all like traditional Pfeffernuesse. Dry, not very much spice flavor, and much too much molasses. Would not make again, will continue to look for better recipe.  -  09 Dec 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    The dough is a bit stiff to work with but the results are excellent! This is a spice cookie with a wonderful little "bite" that develops the main spice flavor. Excellent with a cup of hot tea.  -  23 Dec 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)