Lemon and Brandy Spice Biscuits

Lemon and Brandy Spice Biscuits

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These spice biscuits (pfeffernusse) are livened up with a little lemon zest and brandy. Great at Christmas.


Serves: 60 

  • 3 cups (375g) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (220g) white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 teaspoon brandy

Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:8hours resting  ›  Ready in:8hours35min 

  1. Combine flour, baking powder, spices and salt.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the sugar and eggs until thick and light-coloured. Beat in the lemon juice. Beat in the lemon zest. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Stir in the hazelnuts. Cover and chill for 4 hours.
  3. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of 1cm. Using a small round cookie cutter, cut out biscuits and place 3cm apart on lightly greased baking trays. Cover the baking trays with clean towels and leave undisturbed for 4 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
  5. Turn the biscuits over and place a drop of brandy in the centre of each biscuit. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly coloured. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

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