Orange Walnut Spice Biscuits

    35 minutes

    These are lovely crispy spice biscuits with orange zest and walnuts. They are particularly good with a cup of tea.

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    Serves: 24 

    • 3 cups (375g) sifted plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 tablespoon orange zest
    • 1 cup (150g) chopped walnuts
    • 4 eggs
    • 2 cups (440g) white sugar

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
    2. Sift together flour, baking powder, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir in the orange zest and nuts.
    3. In a medium size bowl, beat eggs and sugar until thick. Blend in flour mixture to make a smooth dough.
    4. Roll dough into 3cm balls, place onto ungreased baking trays and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, until light brown.

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    These are called pfeffernusse because they are supposed to have pepper in them. Where is it??? This is just a light spice cookie. Add 1/4 t black or white pepper for a true pfeffernusse taste. Also, these cookies are supposed to be aged for about 2 weeks for maximal flavor. They will be bland when first out of the oven.  -  23 Nov 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I wouldn't call these cookies "spicy" --in fact I would be tempted to use more spice next time, but they are certainly good. A delicate flavor and not too much fat. Only the eggs and walnuts contribute fat to this recipe. I also rolled some of the cookies in powdered sugar before baking them; they turned out very cute (without the powdered sugar they're pretty unimpressive brown lumps). My German professor had seconds and thirds, so I call this a success. (But I found that they didn't need to be baked quite as long as the recipe called for. 10 minutes is about sufficient).  -  28 Jul 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I made these beauties for my American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR) chapter's annual Christmas Cookie exchange - they are really good! These cookies are crisp, not overly sweet with a bite of ginger -The addition of orange zest really makes the cookie wonderful! They were a big hit with this crowd who really knows their German cookies!  -  21 Nov 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)