December 23 – National Pfeffernusse Day

Brings back memories of my mother baking German Christmas cookies.

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National Pfeffernusse Day

Five Food Finds about Pfeffernusse

  • Pfeffernusse is a variant of German Lebkuchen, or gingerbread.
  • Pferffernusse cookies differ from regular German gingerbread is that they are rolled into balls and then glazed with powdered sugar after baking.
  • Pferffernusse literally means “pepper”.
  • A traditional Pfeffernusse cookie will be too hard to eat without dipping in liquid for the first few days.
  • The cookies do soften with age and more modern recipe adaptations have been made to make them soft from the start.

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Today’s Food History

1675 On December 23, 1675, Charles II of England, issued a proclamation suppressing Coffee Houses. The public response was so negative that he revoked it on January 8, 1676.
A Proclamation for the Suppression of Coffee Houses.
“Whereas it is most apparent that the multitude of Coffee Houses of late years set up and kept within this Kingdom…and the great resort of idle and…

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