Recipe for Pfeffernusse (Pepper Balls)


4 cup flour; unbleached, unsifted
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon mace
1 black pepper; as desired
2 tablespoon butter; (no margarine)
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 ; water
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cloves; ground
1 teaspoon allspice; ground
1 1/4 cup honey
2 eggs; large
1 teaspoon vanilla


Sift flour, baking powder and spices together. Heat honey and butter until butter melts. Cool to lukewarm and beat in eggs. Add flour mixture. Chill dough 1/2 hour. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 15 minutes. Cool Cookies on wire racks. Mix confectioners sugar, vanilla, and water to form a thin glaze. Dip cookies in glaze and place on wire rack to dry. Store cookies in airtight tins. Makes 4 dozen cookies.

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