German Pfeffernusse Spice Cookies

German-Pfeffernusse-Spice-Cookies

Makes: 4 doz
Difficulty: easy
Prep time: 15 min
Bake time: 15 min per batch

Ingredients

2¼ c all-purpose flour *
¼ t baking soda
¾ t cinnamon
¼ t ea allspice, ground cloves and nutmeg
½ t ea ground cardamom, ground ginger and freshly ground black pepper
¼ t salt
½ c butter, softened
¾ c brown sugar, packed
¼ c molasses (not blackstrap)
1 lg egg
½ t vanilla
1 c powdered sugar, for dusting

Steps

Preheat oven to 350º. Line baking sheet with parchment paper (or use nonstick pans). Combine flour, soda, spices and salt. Set aside. Beat together butter, brown sugar and molasses in mixer until fluffy, 3 min. Add egg and vanilla, combining well. Add dry ingredients and mix very briefly, just until combined. Using a teaspoon, make small balls and place on sheet pan, slightly spaced apart. Bake 13-14 min, until cookies are firm and small cracks appear. Cool completely and roll in powdered sugar.

* To make this recipe gluten-free friendly, use gluten-free flour.