a small, usually ball-shaped cookie flavored with cinnamon, allspice, anise, etc. and with black pepper, made esp. during the Christmas season
Origin of pfeffernussGer, literally , pepper nut
nounpl. pfef·fer·nüs·se, or pfef·fer·nues·se
A small, aromatic cookie typically made from molasses and various spices, including black pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg, often dusted with powdered sugar. Also called peppernut .
Origin of pfeffernussGerman Pfeffernuss Pfeffer pepper ( since black pepper was part of the spice mixture used in early recipes; from Middle High German pheffer ) ( from Old High German pfeffar ) ( from Latin piper ; see pepper. ) Nuss nut ( in reference to its shape; from Middle High German nuz ) ( from Old High German hnuz )