National Pfeffernusse Day Honoring the German Spice Cookie
National Pfeffernusse Day is set aside to honor the German spice cookie. These cookies are very popular, particularly around the holidays. The fluffy cookies are made with ground nuts and spices and then covered with powered sugar.
National Pfeffernusse Day is Open to New Creations
National Pfeffernusse Day has brought about a whole new taste in cookies. Through the years numerous bakers have created their own recipes. Aside from the various nuts, including almonds and walnuts, more modern recipes exclude nuts altogether as well as black pepper. However, certain basics remain, such as cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and cardamom as flavoring. In order to sweeten the cookie some bakers use honey and molasses. Other bakers use the basic recipe; however, after removing them from the oven they are put in a bag of powdered sugar to coat them. Sometimes these cookies are put aside for three to five days and, just before serving, they are once again covered with powdered sugar.
No one knows the origin of the national day although the Dutch believe that pfeffernusse (also known as pepemoten) are linked to the feast of Sinterklaas. This feast is held on Dec 5 in the Netherlands, and the following day in Germany and Belgium. This special days is when children receive presents from St. Nicholas.