Pfeffernusse - German Spice Cookies

    41 minutes

    Classic German spice cookies with a touch of lemon. They are first baked, then dipped in meringue and icing sugar. Very special with a cup of tea or coffee.


    Victoria, Australia
    1 person made this

    Makes: 70 cookies

    • 1/2 cup glucose syrup
    • 65g margarine
    • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
    • 1/2 cup molasses
    • 1/3 cup brown sugar
    • 2 eggs, separated
    • juice and zest of 1 lemon
    • 3 cups flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • pinch ground cloves
    • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
    • 3 tablespoons white sugar
    • 450g icing sugar

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:11min  ›  Ready in:41min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
    2. In a saucepan, warm the glucose syrup, add the margarine, butter, molasses and brown sugar. Beat in the egg yolks, lemon juice and zest.
    3. In a bowl combine the flour, salt, bicarb soda, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Stir in the glucose mixture - the dough will be sticky. Drop the dough by spoonfuls onto ungreased baking trays. Bake 11 minutes and let cool.
    4. Beat the egg whites lightly and add the cream of tartar. Beat until soft peaks form, then add the white sugar. Beat to stiff peaks.
    5. Dip each biscuit into the meringue then into the icing sugar and let dry.

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