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CRUNCHY GINGERBREAD BITES (PFEFFERNUSSE)

Crunchy Gingerbread Bites (Pfeffernusse)


  • Author: Adapted from The Buehler Mennonite Brethren Church Cookbook
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 9 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 9 minutes
  • Yield: 100 cookies
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: oven-baked
  • Cuisine: German

Description

Crispy bite-size cookies reminiscent of gingerbread. Also known as Pfeffernusse.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons dark syrup (I used date syrup but dark corn syrup or molasses is also good)
  • 3-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons soda
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon anise oil (optional)

Instructions

  1. Whip room-temperature butter until light and fluffy. Add sugar and egg and continue to beat.
  2. Add remaining ingredients in order given.
  3. Pull off small pieces of dough and roll to the thickness of a pencil. Slice into 1/4-1/2 inch pieces. Place on a cookie sheet covered with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes or until bottoms begin to brown.

Keywords: cookies, gingerbread, gifts, holidays, Christmas