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Guten Tag

Pfeffernusse (peppernuts) and Zimtstene

Two of my favorite German Christmas holiday cookies

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First the Pfeffernusse ....

Pfeffernusse is named because they are peppery and some of the recipes
they are shapped like small nuts. Some are more of a larger dome shape.

These cookies go back as far as Lebkuchen does to the middle ages.
Many recipes are a variation just shaped different.
They were a popular "Oma Zeit" (literally grandmother's time ) when they were made during the holiday season, when folks visited friends and loved ones houses with cookies . They were sometimes a little hard and perfect to dip in the Glühwine, coffee or tea.



Pfeffernusse Roy Denman's Style

(pictures donated by Cheryl Frey)

This is an interesting version of this classic German Christmas Cookie, the recipe was one that Roy Denman loved from his childhood in Germany, and here is the recipe his mom gave him.

As you can see in the picture the sides are dried into a shape and then the centers puff up.

Go here for the recipe for Roy Denman's Pfeffernusse
with notes by Cheryl Frey.


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Stephen Block's Grandmother's Recipe

This is a simple recipe that you can either roll in powdered sugar or put
a little lemon flavored powdered sugar glaze on.

Come into my kitchen and let's make these
with step by step pictures

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(Cinnamon Stars)

A dough made of ground nuts flavored with cinnamon and a meringue top, this is another classic German advent cookie that has been around for ages.
Symbolism has always been a part of German Christmas baking and the star is representative of the nativity scene.

Go here to make Zimtsterne or Cinnamon Stars with step by step pictures



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Karin Elliot born and raised in Germany
is a chef and wonderful friend giving me encouragement through the years here and donated her recipes for our newsletter. She also does wonderful volunteer work like providing meals for school children in need in Tuscon, Arizona.

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German Christmas Music

Morgen kommt der Weihnachtsmann

( Morning comes the Santa Claus )


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Hansi Hinterseer Kling,Glöckchen,Klingelingeling 2010




Vienna Boys Choir O Tannenbaum 


More German Christmas Music

or just

More German Music



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