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Cookie Swap: Phefferneuse Snowmen

I have never had Phefferneuse, but it doesn't matter if it is disgusting. This snowman idea from Matthew Mead is too cute to pass up!

First the cookie recipe (that did not come from Mathew)

What you need:
3 cups all purpose white flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
pinch white pepper (this may sound odd, but please don't leave it out)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
pinch ground cardamom
1/2 cup chopped candied lemon peel (optional but very nice)
1/2 sliced almonds (or almond flour is easier if you can get it)
3 large eggs
1 cup powdered sugar
1 apple slice (not in the recipe, but used later)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter (softened)

What you do:

Grind the almonds to a powder (coffee grinder or blender work).

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, spices, baking powder, and salt.

In a mixing bowl beat the butter and the granulated sugar. Add eggs, lemon peel, and almond powder and blend. Gradually add flour and incorporate. Refrigerate for one hour or more. Dough may be dry and even a little crumbly.

Roll out dough onto floured surface to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out with round cookie cutters.

Bake for 15 minutes in a pre-heated 350 degree oven. Remove from cookie sheet and let cool completely on a wire rack. When cookies are completely cooled put them in a plastic ziplock with the powered sugar and shake to coat.

Now back to the snowmen! Draw snowman faces on them with food markers (they use food coloring) and then set them out on a plate of nonpareils.


in time out said...

sounds yummy...thanks for all the treat ideas..looks like you are having fun...

Live.Love.Eat said...

A Pfefferneuese huh. Wow, never heard of it but the idea is adorable!

Thrifty Decor Chick said...

I had never even heard of these till someone posted it on my favorite things. Now she is sending me some of hers because I am soooo intrigued!!

Becca said...

i'm going to a swap on Saturday and I TOTALLY need to make these for it! Thanks for the recipe!

Michelle said...

How funny......I was listening to a local radio show on PBS the other day and some called asking what they could do to make phefferneuse taste better. The baker told her the only way to do that was to make something else. :)

Anonymous said...

Looks delicious! I've never heard of it...sound interesting!

Lorie said...


That is so funny! I guess you either love them or hate them! ;D

Even if you don't want to try the cookie, I think the idea is cute and can be done with any white cookie.

K and/or K said...

Phefferneuse would be a fun pet name!

Kate said...

Your blog is great. There are so many great ideas. You are so talented. Thanks for the ideas.

Lorie said...

K! I totally agree! I am going to call my hubby phefferneuse for the next two weeks! Or did you mean a pet pet name?

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

"I have never had Phefferneuse, but it doesn't matter if it is disgusting." Hahahahaha...never liked them myself. ;-) But THESE are adorable...I think you could do with a Russian Tea Cake or some other little ball cookie rolled in powdered sugar.

Kristina P. said...

These are so, so cute!

Amy said...

Okay, these are so cute!