Lemon and Brandy Spice Biscuits

    8 hours 35 minutes

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

    4 people made this

    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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    Lebkuchen traditionally contains molasses and has a gingerbread like flavor and appearance. Sans hazelnuts, this is very close to the traditional recipe my German Grandmother made.  -  18 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    these are a version of lebkuchen not pfeffernusse, but makes a good cookie otrherwise  -  29 Nov 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Not quite what I expected..not sweet enough and too much molasses taste  -  21 Dec 2017  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)