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Pfeffernusse - a German Christmas Cookie
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Serves/Makes:8 dozen

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) shortening
  • 3/4 cup (175 ml) packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) molasses
  • 3 drops anise oil and 1 tbsp (15 ml) hot water (mixed)
  • 3-1/3 cups (775 ml) flour
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) soda
  • 1/4 tsp (1 ml) salt
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) cloves
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees (175 C.).
  • Mix shortening, sugar, egg, molasses, and anise mixture.
  • Blend dry ingredients; mix in gradually with hands.
  • Knead dough until right consistency for molding.
  • If dough seems too soft, refrigerate until firm.
  • Mold into balls 3/4 inch in diameter; place on greased baking sheet.
  • Bake about 12 minutes, or until golden brown on the bottom.
  • Cookies harden upon standing.
  • Store in airtight container with slice of apple to mellow them.

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