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Pfefferneusse

8 Dec

pfefferneusseI have always loved to say, “Pfefferneusse”! As a child, I never knew what it meant or what pfefferneusse cookies were, but I loved the word.

As I wait for the cookies to finish baking, I’m looking outside my kitchen window at snow flurries that, while other parts of the country occur often and this year with great fervor, in Portland, OR, are a rarity – especially in December. When this storm was predicted last weekend, I decided I would purposefully wait until today to bake them –¬†now if feels and smells like Christmas!

I used a #60 scoop and didn’t bother with rolling them in my hands to smooth the ball. The result is they’re a little rougher (I prefer “rustic”) than Dorie’s and I ended up with 36-cookies rather than the 40 she predicted. I also am not particularly fond of icing, so I merely sprinkled them with powdered sugar with great satisfaction.

Now, I’ve never knowingly eaten pfefferneusse, so this was a first taste for me. And, I rather liked them! I like that they’re crunchy but not hard as a nut, as Dorie described some recipes making. I’ve said it before, I believe people are (for the most part) either chewy or crunchy, and I’m definitely crunchy! I also liked that they were not overly sweet. The perfect accompaniment¬†for a nice cup of Earl Grey tea!

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