Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Tuesdays with Dorie - Cookies - Pfefferneusse and Christmas Spiced Cookies



This week for Dorie's Cookies, there is a double header from me.  A trip to the emergency room two weeks ago put paid to me participating in Dorie's Cookies earlier this month, so I have made both of December's cookies for this week's post.

First up is Dorie's version of Pfefferneusse - a German cookie that is literally called a "pepper nut".  I have made pfefferneusse before,  but Dorie's recipe has an unusual spice blend that includes mustard powder.  I didn't have mustard powder so I used mild curry powder - even less traditional!  But it seemed to work:  these are my cookies before frosting:



I used Dorie's chocolate frosting to decorate the pfefferneusse, also non-traditional, but good, and was as bold to sprinkle a little pepper on top of each (not too much).     I made a quarter of the batch, and gave away most of them to a friend for Christmas.

The next recipe is Christmas Spiced Cookies:


These comprise Dorie's Good for Almost Anything Vanilla Sugar Cookie dough mixed with Christmas spices, cut into Christmas shapes, sprinkled with sanding sugar and baked.  These are plain and simple but delicious - I couldn't fault them.

To see what everyone else made this week, visit the LYL section of the TWD website.

16 comments:

Chelsey said...

Sorry to hear about your trip to the emergency room! Is everything okay?
The Christmas cookies look lovely!

Pam said...

They look great! Love Pfefferneusse and want to bake them soon. Merry Christmas!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I've only tried Pfefferneusse from a supermarket so perhaps not the best version. Are they really nice when they're home made?

Johanna GGG said...

mustard powder - I am intrigued - used to love buying pfeffernusses but have only made them once - love that you put chocolate on yours

Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) said...

I hope all is well, Gaye! Your cookies look lovely! I particularly love the tree shapes of your spice cookies!

Peggy said...

Are you okay? Both these cookies were good. I think they were similar. I wish i had used the chocolate on my pfefferneusse.

gigi said...

So awesome that you made BOTH recipes!! You rule! I especially love your Christmas tree cookies. So beautiful and inviting!

Diane Zwang said...

I hope you are better now. Kudos to you for catching up on both recipes. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

lovielou said...

I'm glad you are okay and back to baking. Your cookies look great!

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Chelsey - all fixed now.

Cakelaw said...

I hate the store bought ones - they are evil. The homemade ones are delish.

Cakelaw said...

All is good now Mardi, thanks.

Cakelaw said...

Hi Peggy, I have been fixed, so I am ok now. The chocolate on top was yummo.

Kayte said...

Wow, twofer this week...they both look wonderful and the most wonderful news of all is that you are okay. I somehow knew you would be putting chocolate on those Pffefferneuse cookies. I love the little trees.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

glad you are fine! and so impressed you still managed to do both cookies. happy holidays!

Margaret said...

Good job on both of those. I wish I had started earlier. I needed a good Christmas cookie to decorate and the spice cookies would have been perfect. As for the Pffeffermeuse, I haven't made those in years. Now I have a reason.
Hope all is well now.