Breakfast buffet: National pfeffernüsse day
December 23rd, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

As fun to say as fluffernutter - December 23 is National Pfeffernüsse Day!

Chances are you recognize these little biscuits rolled in powdered sugar by sight, if not by name, and they are a Christmas treat to be sure.

The name may translate to "pepper nuts" in German, Dutch and Danish, but this holiday delicacy doesn't include black pepper. Rather, they are full of chopped almonds or walnuts, spices like cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and anise and then liberally coated with powdered sugar.

The dough is usually rolled into balls, and they are extremely hard the first week after they are made (the photo above is a good example of what they look like before they receive the powdered sugar treatment). Don't even try to bite into one without dunking it in coffee or a hot beverage to soften it up. Unlike most holiday cookies, these get better with time.

This delicacy is considered to be a kid's treat from Saint Nicholas during Christmas in Germany. Have your own pfeffernüsse experience this holiday season, and relish the moment when biting into one unleashes a storm of powdered sugar all over your face.

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  1. Davey

    "This delicacy is considered to be a kid's treat from Saint Nicholas during Christmas in Germany."
    in germany? in the netherlands you mean! do your homework!!!

    December 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • txilintxa

      It actually is German. The Dutch have them too but 'Pfeffernüsse' is a German word. The Dutch term is 'pepernoten'. So do your homework yourself before you post something....

      December 30, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  2. Jeff Gordon


    December 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • June Bug

      Sit on my Pole,Jeffy.

      December 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
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