Episode 5 Snowballs or Pffeffernusen The Best Christmas Cookies Ever!
21/2 Cups Flour
1/4 tsp salt (Suzy skips the salt)
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup softened butter (Suzy just leaves sit out on the counter a couple hours)
2 tsp Vanilla extract (Suzy loves Watkins and uses the full 2 teaspoons even though it is double strength)
1 cup chopped pecans
In large mixing bowl combine all ingredients except the nuts (they still turned out even though in the video the nuts were added in with all the other ingredients). Blend well with mixer. Stir in the nuts. Shape into 1 inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Watch carefully do not let them brown. Remove from cookie sheet, while still warm, roll in powder sugar. When cooled you can roll them in additional powder sugar if you like. This recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies.
Here is the well used recipe Suzy wrote out on a recipe card when Sharon served these delicious butter balls of goodness at a Christmas back in the early 70's. Suzy no longer calls powdered sugar, confectioners sugar.
Pfeffernusse or Pfeffernusen Cookies
4 to 5 cups flour
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
4 Tblps ground anise
2 eggs, well beaten
1/2 cup dark syrup
1/2 cup molasses
1/3 cup water
1 tsp baking soda
Cream butter with sugar. Add eggs mix well. Add spices. Combine syrup, molasses, water, soda than add to creamed mixture. Add flour starting with 4 cups than add more as needed to make a workable dough. Chill than shape into balls. Place on cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet and roll in powdered sugar while warm.