I don’t remember the last time I had a Pfeffernüsse cookie… This ice cream brings back the memories! Here is my non-vegan adaptation of the Pfeffernüsse Ice Cream recipe in Vegan A La Mode. I added more spices and honey, and used anise flavor extract instead of ground anise.
More recipes you say? See if you can handle Pfeffernusse!
I feel I must give a warning for this cookie. Pfeffernusse is a spice cookie and is not as sweet in the traditional sense. Also, I warned you about the price for the spices.
Pfeffernusse (Assassin Cookies)
½ cup molasses
¼ cup honey
½ cup of butter
4 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons ground cardamom
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoons anise extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup confectioners’ sugar for dusting
Stir together the molasses, honey, butter in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir until it looks kind of like caramel. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Stir in the eggs.
Combine the flour, white sugar, brown sugar, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, anise, cinnamon, baking soda, pepper, and salt in a large bowl. Add the molasses mixture and stir until thoroughly combines. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Roll the dough into acorn-sized balls. Arrange on baking sheets, spacing at least 1 inch apart.
Bake in preheated oven 10 to 15 minutes. Move to a rack to cool. Dust cooled cookies with confectioners’ sugar.
Pfeffernusse are one of my favorite cookies, and I had no idea the name translates to “pepper nuts” in German. They are quite spicy. :) My first time making them, which included crushing Cardamom from actual pods so not to pay $17 for the actual ground spice. Now that’s one expensive cookie!
My husband started making pfeffernusse for my German grandmother for Christmas on 12/5. Traditionally, it takes 3 weeks for the flavors to meld. We’ll never know if they were any good, but I know she would’ve said they were great regardless. She passed on 12/8/15.