Pfeffernüsse Gingerbread Cookies

Pfeffernüsse Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies come in all shapes and sizes, but for me, these are my one true love.

I had them when I was little. You could buy them in the stores and they were cheap. I mean really cheap. Then the time passed and they kind of got forgotten and everybody switched to the more fashionable speculoos. Still the peculiar disappearance of the chubby gingerbread cookies from my country bothered me and I was so desperate to find the recipe. Finally I have it, and it’s the real deal. It’s a German cookie, Pfeffernüsse, and makes sense we used to have them.

Pfeffernüsse Gingerbread Cookies

Pfeffernüsse Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients for the cookies:

250 g / 9 oz cake flour
125 g / 4.5 oz honey
50 g / 2 oz sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
3 teaspoons gingerbread spice
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
a pinch of salt

Ingredients for the icing:

2 cups powdered sugar
2 egg whites


Heat butter, honey, sugar and gingerbread spice in a small pot until butter melts. Stir well. Remove from heat and after a few minutes stir in slightly beaten egg and give it a good whisk.

In a separate bowl sift in flour and baking soda, add white pepper, and previously prepared butter mixture. Stir with a fork until you are able to, and then continue using your hands. Dough is very soft, but it will not stick onto the walls of the bowl.

Make walnut sized balls of the dough and place on two large oven pans lined with baking paper. When dough starts sticking to your hands, wash them, and leave slightly damp, it will stick less.

Bake in oven preheated to 375°F/190°C for about 12 minutes.

While you bake cookies, prepare the glaze. Mix powdered sugar with egg white and when the cookies are baked, dip them into the glaze while they are still hot. For me it took two layers of coating to get proper glaze. You can also skip the glaze, cookies are delicious without it also.

When glaze is dried, transfer cookies into a metal box.

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  • Diane January 21, 2016 8:17 pm

    These sound slightly different to the gingerbread I’m used to. Loving the variation here and the photography!

  • claira January 21, 2016 9:14 pm

    These sound amazing! My mom loves ginger cookies, I will have to make these for her.

  • Lily @GastroSenses January 21, 2016 10:38 pm

    These cookies look divine! Saving for later.

  • Amanda January 22, 2016 5:33 pm

    I am a huge fan of gingerbread but usually go with the typical thin cookies– these ones sound and look amazing though. I’m going to have to give these a try! Pinning too :)

    • Marija January 22, 2016 5:49 pm

      It was opposite for me. I just discovered thin ones a few years ago :)

  • Vaer March 18, 2016 4:38 pm

    Looks amazing! You keep amazing me!

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