These are definitely one of my favorite Christmas cookies and I remember as a kid my dad used to say the word a lot for no reason, just because it’s fun to say and it always stuck in my head. Hence why it’s the name for this blog. So that is why I picked these to make for our “gift giving exchange” between friends, this Christmas. I also wanted to do something traditionally German since my family is of mostly German ancestry. This particular recipe is a little different from the one my family used to use, but until I can find that one, this one’s the closest I’ve found.


  • 1 cup +2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch of ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • pinch ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground all spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons black treacle (or molasses)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

Pre-heat oven to 350F
In a bowl combine the flour, baking soda and all the spices, set aside. In another larger bowl beat the sugar, butter and treacle together with an electric whisk until smooth. Add the eggs, lemon zest and vanilla extract and beat again.
Then fold the flour/spice mixture into the wet mix until completely combined.
Line a baking sheet with parchment. 

Form the cookie dough into little balls (if they’re too big they’ll spread out too much) and place 2 inches apart (I used a melon baller since I couldn’t find my mini ice cream scoop, so a lot of mine spread out a lot. They still taste fine, they just don’t look as pretty.)

Bake for about 10 minutes at 350F (you will need to do this in a few batches).
Let cool on rack for at least 10 minutes and then dip each cookie in a bowl of powdered sugar until completely coated.

Wednesday December 29, 2010
3 years ago

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