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Pfeffernüsse (Pfef-fer-nüs-se) Cookies

by Larry Hale, 20 Nov 2005

My family recipe

  • 1 cup corn syrup

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • ¼ cup milk

  • ¼ cup shortening

  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla

  • ¼ teaspoon lemon

  • 1/8 teaspoon anise oil

  • 1 ¾ cups flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

  • dash ground cloves

  • ¼ teaspoon allspice


  • Boil syrup, then cool

  • Bring sugar and milk to a boil and then cool

  • Mix together shortening, vanilla, lemon and anise oil

  • To this, add flour, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, ground cloves and allspice

  • Add this to the cooled mixture of syrup and sugar

  • Mix well - dough will be stiff

  • Refrigerate until cold

  • Shape into small balls

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.

[Edited by Rose Mary Keller Hughes, Recipe Coordinator. Published at DVHH by Jody McKim Pharr, 20 Nov 2005]

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