Pepper and Spice Biscuits

Pepper and Spice Biscuits


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Also known as pfeffernusse, these biscuits are a magical combination of spices and a dash of pepper. Very subtle and sophisticated.


Makes: 36 biscuits

  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 125g margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons anise essence
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bicarb soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup icing sugar, for dusting

Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:2hours chilling  ›  Ready in:2hours30min 

  1. Stir together the molasses, honey and margarine in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir until creamy. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Stir in the eggs.
  2. Combine the flour, white sugar, brown sugar, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, anise, cinnamon, bicarb soda, pepper and salt in a large bowl. Add the molasses mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C. Roll the dough into acorn-sized balls. Arrange on baking trays, spacing at least 3cm apart.
  4. Bake in preheated oven 10 to 15 minutes. Move to a rack to cool. Dust cooled biscuits with icing sugar.

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