Spiced German Gingerbread Nut Cookies

Pfeffernüsse are a classic German gingerbread treat around the holidays.

Pfeffernüsse - Spiced Gingerbread Nut Cookies

Angela Schofield
The Taste of German Christmas!
Course Cookies
Cuisine German
Servings 45 Cookies


  • 10.5 oz. honey
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. ground clove
  • 1/2 tsp. ground all spice
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups ground walnuts
  • 1/2 tbsp. cream of tartar
  • 4 tbsp. brown rum
  • 1 egg

For the Glaze

  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice


  • In a small saucepan melt honey, butter, and sugar.
  • Set aside to cool, stir until lukewarm.
  • In a large bowl blend flour, spices, and nuts.
  • In a small bowl mix cream of tartar and rum.
  • Add egg, rum mixture and lukewarm honey mixture to the large bowl and knead to a firm dough.
  • Sprinkle the top with some flour and cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
  • Allow to sit at room temperature for 1-3 days.
  • Knead the dough for a few minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350F and line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  • 10. Using a small cookie scoop, place dough on prepared baking sheets.
  • 11. Bake for 12-15 min. or until light golden brown.
  • 12. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheets for a couple of minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 13. Mix powdered sugar and lemon juice to a smooth glaze.
  • 14. Brush or drizzle over cookies.
  • 15. Allow to dry completely before storing in a cookie jar or airtight container.