Cranberry pfeffernüsse



15 min


25 min


8 Dozen Cookies

* PLUS Refrigeration time: 5 hours
Cranberry pfeffernüsse

Roberto Caruso


  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
  • 2 cups plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar


  • WHIRL cranberries with 2 tbsp flour in a food processor until finely chopped. Set aside. Stir remaining flour with spices, baking soda, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
  • BEAT eggs with granulated and brown sugars in a large bowl, using an electric mixer, for 3 min. Gradually beat in flour mixture, then cranberries until dough is just mixed. Remove and press into a square shape. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 5 hours or overnight to allow flavours to develop.
  • POSITION oven racks in top and bottom thirds of oven. Preheat to 350F. Lightly spray 2 baking sheets with oil. Dust a rolling pin with flour and roll dough into a 1/2-in.-thick square. Using a floured pizza cutter or knife, cut dough into 1 × 3/4-in. rectangles. Arrange on baking sheets, spacing about 1 in. apart.
  • BAKE in top and bottom thirds of oven, switching sheets halfway through until cookies are light golden, 10 to 12 min. Remove cookies to a rack to cool slightly, about 5 min. Dust icing sugar generously over still-warm cookies. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container up to 5 days or freeze up to 1 month.

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Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 27,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 6 g,
  • Sodium
  • 15 mg.

From the kitchen of Marta Henninger, grandmother of Astrid Henninger (associate marketing manager).

Substitution Tip: Use 2 1/2 tsp pumpkin- pie spice, instead of cinnamon, allspice, cloves and nutmeg.