This is another of Mom’s Holiday Cookie recipes. Pfferneuse is German for Pepper Nuts. This is a delightful holiday cookie that I ate from the time I was a child to whenever. Little, tender, fluffy, powdery balls full of Christmas spices. How can you possibly go wrong with this?
Here is another family recipe that goes back several generations. Jennifer over at the blog “The Foodery” did a post on Pepernoten, a Dutch Holiday cookie also known as pepper nuts. It reminded me of this recipe for Pfferneuse and the need to do a post on it. Mom made it every year for christmas that I can remember. I made them for my children years ago but quit because of my busy schedule. I always knew where there was an annual holiday supply. You see, to Mom, Christmas wasn’t Christmas without her family German Christmas cookies. She would work tirelessly churning out Holiday cookies for friends and family. When she passed away, my older brother, Lester, started making these as Christmas gifts for the family. Knothead will fight anyone for these cookies. He thinks Lester makes them for him. 😮 They are an absolutely wonderful holiday cookie. So, in honor of Mom and the Holidays, Baby Lady & I set out to make Pfferneuse. In our batch, however, we actually put the pepper (2 tsp) back in the cookies. It actually could use 4 tsp. So, if you’re looking for a wonderful Holiday cookie to make for friends and families, give this one a try. We think you will like it. 🙂
Before you start, put the pecans into a food processor and process until a fine ground texture.
Next, mix the dry ingredients, including 2 tsp ground black pepper, in a large bowl.
Beat sugar and eggs.
Add the butter
Change from the whisk to the paddle and slowly add dry ingredients.
This makes a very thick dough.
Add ground pecans and raisins to dough.
Mix the pecans and raisins into the dough by hand.
Roll into balls, roughly the size of a small walnut and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Bake at 400 F for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool but don’t allow them to get cold.
Dip Pfferneuse into lemon juice.
Roll in powdered sugar.
Place on a rack to dry.
Serve & enjoy! Happy Holidays!!!!