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Pfeffernüsse

Yield 6 1/2 dozen cookies
Pronounced FEHF-fuhr-noos, this cookie is served at Christmastime in many European countries.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

How to Make It

  1. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Add cinnamon and next 3 ingredients, beating until blended. Add eggs, flour, and baking powder, beating well. Stir in pecans.

  2. Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.

  3. Bake at 350° for 14 minutes. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool.