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Catholic Recipe: Pfeffernuesse


  • 2 cups corn syrup
  • 2 cups dark molasses
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 pound brown sugar
  • 10 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 pound citron, cut fine
  • 1/4 pound almonds, chopped fine
  • 1 lemon, rind and juice
  • Details

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 11+
  • Origin: Austria

Also Called: Peppernuts; Ginger-bread nuts; Peppernoten

This Austrian cookie is a Trapp family Christmas tradition. This version is full of citron and almonds.


Warm syrup, add shortening and lemon juice and the remaining ingredients in order given, soda mixed with flour. Roll into little balls, brush with white of egg, place on greased pan far apart, and bake until brown, 350° F. Roll in confectioners' sugar.

Recipe Source: Around the Year with the Trapp Family by Maria Augusta Trapp, Pantheon Books Inc., New York, New York, 1955
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