German Spice Cookies

These cookies have to be dunked before eating or you may lose a tooth

These cookies have to be dunked before eating or you may lose a tooth

These cookies taste a lot like gingerbread, but are very hard due to all the sugar in the dough. This makes them perfect to dip in coffee or other hot beverages. Keep the size small to encourage extra dunking.

This dough is very sticky and as it cools becomes harder to drop onto the baking sheets so have everything ready before adding the melted sugars to the flour. The recipe below is slightly adapted from the Time Life “Foods of the World” series book Recipes: The Cooking of Germany.

German Spice Cookies

  • 4 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup sorghum or honey
  • 1 cup dark corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease two cookie sheets. Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. In a small saucepan heat all the sugar (including sorghum and corn syrup) until they dissolve. Turn heat to low and cook sugars for five minutes. Remove from heat and add butter, stirring until it melts. Pour sugars into mixing bowl and beat until a smooth batter forms. Working quickly spoon small teaspoons of batter onto baking sheets, leaving about an inch space around each cookie. Bake until light brown and center is almost firm to the touch, about 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely on wire racks.

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About Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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9 Responses to German Spice Cookies

  1. Matthew says:

    Reblogged this on Carolina Mountain Blue and commented:
    Sounds interesting…I wonder if this would work with tea as it would coffee?

  2. A_Boleyn says:

    Are they similar to Pfeffernüsse?

  3. eva626 says:

    i love cookies that are ment to be dunked!!! i hav a thing for crunchy foods! they look good!

  4. I’ve been looking for a new biscuit recipe. Many thanks, Greg:)

  5. Nice dunkable cookies!

  6. Love dunking cookies! I could smell the spices as I was reading.

  7. Jueseppi B. says:

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

  8. Eva Taylor says:

    My Mom used to buy a similar cookie but it was drenched in an icing sugar glaze, it was wonderful, so warming and delicious. The texture was a bit softer on the inside but after a while they did get a bit hard. I was wanting to buy some but now I see I can make them myself very easily. Thanks for the post.

  9. ChgoJohn says:

    These cookies are great and I bet your kitchen smelled fantastic while they were baking.

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