The Great Cookie Experiment – German Spice cookies

The Great Cookie Experiment – German Spice cookies

 Yummy spice cookies.  Yummy spice cookies with nuts and raisins are even better.  This recipe is vibrant with fabulous spicy flavor, including pepper, which I suspect is the ingredient that sets it apart as German in origin.  It reminded me of Pepper Nuts, a recipe that I’ve attempted here before as I looked for the perfect recipe from my distant childhood.  No, this didn’t come close to the recipe I’ve been looking for either, but hey, nice try.

The thing that makes this recipe special is that it manages to pull off a fabulous flavor without any added butter or shortening!  Usually fat free cookies taste too sweet and missing that extra richness that I want in a cookie, said richness usually coming from butter.  The spices cover up the overly sweet feel you would normally get in a fat free cookie, and the raisins and nuts give it that extra richness so you don’t miss the butter (much).   Quick note when you make these, they aren’t kidding about lightly greased baking sheets.  They can get sticky.  Yes, as a matter of fact I AM speaking from personal experience.  I got them off the cookie sheet eventually, so it’s all good.

German Spice cookies

German Spice Cookies

3 eggs

2 cups brown sugar

1 tsp cloves

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp pepper

2 cups flour

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

1 cup raisins

1 cup chopped walnuts

Beat eggs.  Add the brown sugar, cloves, cinnamon and pepper.  Combine the flour, baking soda and salt.  Gradually add to the egg mixure.  Stir in raisins and walnuts.  Drop by Tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto lightly greased baking sheets.  Bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes or until surface cracks.  Remove to wire racks to cool.  Makes about 3 ½ dozen.

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