Friday, December 17, 2010

Mrs. Kekelia's Pfeffernuesse, German Christmas Cookie

Ah, Christmas in College Point.

Christmas Cookies in College Point.

Pfeffernuesse are nice and spicy and can be eaten two ways.
They're very hard when they are cooled. 
Great for dipping.
If you want to munch on something softer, store them in tightly covered containers with a piece of apple.


                        Pfeffernuesse

grease cookie sheets          
preheat oven to 350ยบ           
bake 15 to 20 min., until lightly browned

Grate and set aside
1/2 cups ( 2 1/2 oz.) blanched almonds
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Sift together into a bowl
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon mace
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Stir in the almonds and set aside.
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Chop and set aside
3 oz. candied citron (about 1/2 cup, chopped)
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Beat until thick and piled softly
4 eggs
Add gradually, beating thoroughly after each addition
2 cups sugar
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add the flour-almond mixture in fourths,
blending thoroughly after each addition.
Mix in the citron.
Turn half the dough onto a lightly floured surface
and roll 1/2 inch thick.

Cut out cookies with a lightly floured 1 inch round cutter.
Carefully place cookies on cookie sheets.

Put a drop of
brandy
on the center of each cookie.
Bake.

Remove cookies to cooling racks.
Cool and store.

About 11 dozen cookies

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