Spiced Christmas Cookies (Gingerbread)

spicy christmas cookies gingerbread pebernødder Christmas cookies
  • Prep Time
    15 min
  • Total Time
    1 hour
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I could go ahead and call these gingerbread cookies, but since there is no ginger in the recipe, it seems wrong somehow. They do taste slightly like gingerbread with the cinnamon and clove powders but they also have the kick of black pepper. In Denmark we call them “pebernødder” which directly translated means “pepper nuts”.

We make these many times every Christmas at our house. They fill the the house with that Christmassy cinnamon smell that just shouts CHRISTMAS, no matter the weather outside or the temperature. It’s wonderful. They are traditionally made into small balls but they can also easily be made with cookie cutters. They need to be rolled out slightly thinner than the butter cookies (about 2-3mm thickness), but they can also easily be decorated with icing. See my tips and recipe for decorating cookies with kids here.

You can make these with our without eggs. If you are making them eggless, add 50ml apple puree instead of the egg. See how to make the apple puree here.

I always use freshly ground black pepper. It just adds that little extra to the dough. See my little tip to doing this without any mess in the steps below.

You can easily make this dough in advance and keep in the fridge for a few days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Yield: about 60-70 small cookies or 120 of the round ball-shaped ones

Merry Christmas

spicy christmas cookies gingerbread pebernødder Christmas cookies

My little toddler making these cookies. We will just ignore that the cookie cutter is turning the wrong way 😉

Ingredients

Directions

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius

Step 1
spicy christmas cookies gingerbread pebernødder Christmas cookies

Grind the black pepper on a paper towel or regular paper and measure as shown here

Step 2
spicy christmas cookies gingerbread pebernødder Christmas cookies

Whisk the butter and the sugar together. Add the egg or apple sauce and keep whisking.

Step 3
spicy christmas cookies gingerbread pebernødder Christmas cookies

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and three spices together.

Step 4
spicy christmas cookies gingerbread pebernødder Christmas cookies

Mix the sugar/butter mixture into the dry ingredients. Mix well. If needed squeeze the ingredients together with your hand. The dough should stick together but it is quite dry like pie dough.

Step 5
spicy christmas cookies gingerbread pebernødder Christmas cookies

If you are using cookie cutters, leave the dough to rest in the fridge for min. 15 minutes. It's easier to roll if it's cold. If you are making the traditional ball shaped cookies, then you can go ahead right away.

Step 6
spicy christmas cookies gingerbread pebernødder Christmas cookies

Sprinkle a little flour on the table and roll a piece of the dough out using a rolling pin. TIP: The dough breaks quite easily so roll out smaller portions at a time

Step 7
spicy christmas cookies gingerbread pebernødder Christmas cookies

Bake the cookies in the middle of the oven for 10-12 minutes depending on your oven. The round ones will remain pale and will only get colour underneath. The shapes will get slightly darker around the edges.

Step 8
spicy christmas cookies gingerbread pebernødder Christmas cookies

Let the cookies cool down for about 30 minutes before packing them away. They should be cool and hard when you pack them to avoid condensation inside your container.

Step 9
spicy christmas cookies gingerbread pebernødder Christmas cookies

Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 weeks. Happy Baking :-)

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