Pfeffernusse (Pepper Nuts)


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Our first efforts to prepare a German tradition. Immigrant Mennonite friends traditional Christmas Cookie is more like a snack food, and is flavored with Anise and Pecans. If you love licorice you may love this anise flavored taste. We are still trying to model the soft texture of what our friend shared with us. They are small at bite size and have a very nut like crunch. We can pull out the Pecans if notified, and our version was not received with any white or dark pepper incorporated. It’s a fun labor intensive product that is priced 13 pieces at 1/2 lb.

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This curiously flavored cultural and often subcultural treat is hugely popular in the mid west where many Mennonite’s settled from Germany and perhaps further European countries. For instance one family had traced the roots of their version back from Denmark, there are versions from Russia and the Netherlands too. This is also very popular amongst German immigrants from much latter time frames. Most of the Mennonite movements here were faith and opportunity driven and in America that resonates and they as immigrant’s fit right in, making this traditional cookie of great sub varieties something of a Christmas and fast friend making type in its travels here. In variation they may contain some varieties of spices, molasses and others do and or don’t contain anise or pepper be it white or black or nuts.

The specific recipe we received was sourced from a warm Mennonite friend sharing a version from their Aunt Mini which contained anise oil or extract, pecans and no pepper and comes almond like in size and crunch. I had been thinking I’d baked them dry having samples a softer version my friends sister had produced, though curiously they are often produced much earlier and allowed to have the spices infuse the product as they are tin stored for that purpose close to a month.

Additional information

Weight 0.423288 oz
Dimensions 4 × 4 × 2 in

1 review for Pfeffernusse (Pepper Nuts)

  1. Jack Millay

    This is a topic which is near to my heart… Thank you! Where are your contact details though?

    • LaRoy Saline


      My details should be in the contact info at the bottom of the website footer, or you can email me directly at
      Thanks for the comment Jack!

      LaRoy Saline II

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