German Pepper Biscuits (Pfefferneusse)

German Pepper Biscuits (Pfefferneusse)


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These small, dense spice biscuits are tantalizing when dipped in coffee, or great on their own. This is the traditional version with molasses.


Serves: 48 

  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3 drops anise oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 3 1/2 cups (250g) plain flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper

Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:12min  ›  Ready in:27min 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the margarine and brown sugar until smooth. Mix in molasses, anise oil and egg. Dissolve bicarb soda in hot water and stir into the mixture. Combine the flour, salt, cinnamon, ginger and white pepper; blend into the molasses mixture until uniform. Knead for a minute until easy to work with. Shape dough into 3cm balls, and place 3cm apart onto ungreased baking trays.
  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until slightly browned on the bottom. Do not over bake, or they will be very hard. Store cooled biscuits in an airtight container at room temperature.

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