Tante Betty's Pfeffernusse | German Iced Spice Christmas Cookies
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These spicy round cookies are enveloped in icing and a delicious treat at Christmas time!
Recipe type: Cookies
Cuisine: German
Serves: 6 dozen
First Mixture
  • 1½ c brown sugar
  • ½ c molasses
  • ½ c water
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp cloves
  • 3 tsp star anise
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • ½ ts anise extract
Second Mixture
  • ½ c butter
  • 1 tsp baking soda (dissolved in water)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 4-5 cups flour to make a soft dough (if batter is too thick, it won't hold together)
  • 1 c icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  1. Bring first mixture to a boil. Cool slightly and add second mixture.
  2. Roll in long narrow strips. Cut to desired thickness, and shape into balls. (My pieces are about 1 x 1 inch)
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F until slightly brown (10-15 minutes). Be careful, they burn easily at the bottom, unless you use airbake pans.
  4. Ice with a mixture of icing sugar, milk and almond extract (I use 1 cup of icing sugar, 2 tbsp of milk and 1 tsp of almond extract). If you ice both top and bottom, they don't dry out as quickly.
Recipe by The DIY Mommy at https://thediymommy.com/tante-bettys-pfeffernusse-german-iced-spice-christmas-cookies/