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The name of this holiday treat may sound a little funny, but there’s nothing funny about how tremendous it taste.  Pfeffernusse (pronounced feph-fer-noose) is a stupendous spiced cookie, combining the fantastic and festive flavors of cinnamon, allspice and cloves.  The taste and aroma of these terrific treats can instantly fill a room with Christmas cheer.  Pfeffernusse goes great with some spiced holiday wine, eggnog or even a tried and true cup of coffee.  They’re fun and simple to make and always welcome at any holiday party.  So go ahead and leave a glass of milk and these special sweets out for Santa this year.  I know he’ll appreciate it.



-1/3 Cup of dark corn syrup

-1/4 Cup of granulated sugar

-1/4 Cup of honey

-1/4 Cup of shortening

-1 Egg (beaten)

-2 And a quarter cups of all purpose flour

-1/2 Teaspoon of baking soda

-1/4 Teaspoon of ground cloves

-1/4 Teaspoon of ground allspice

-1/4 Teaspoon of ground cinnamon

-Sifted powdered sugar for dusting over cookies


1. In a saucepan, combine corn syrup, granulated sugar, honey and shortening.  Cook and stir until shortening and sugar melt.  Turn off heat.

2. Stir in egg.

3. Combine flour, baking soda and the spices together.

4. Add flour/spice mixture to honey/syrup mixture.  Mix well.

5. Form into balls, using a level tablespoon for each cookie.

6. Place onto a greased cookie sheet.

7. Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 10 minutes.

8. Cool on wire rack or plate.

9. Sift powder sugar onto the cookies.  Makes 4 to 4 and a half dozen.