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We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”
For today’s Did You Know we will look at Pfeffernusse Fun Facts.
Pfeffernusse Fun Facts: Pfeffernüsse are fluffy pastries (cookies) with ground nuts and spices, popular as a holiday treat in Germany, Denmark, and The Netherlands.
- The exact origin of the cookie is still uncertain. The traditional Dutch belief links the pepernoten to the feast of Sinterklaas, celebrated on December 5 in The Netherlands and December 6 in Germany and Belgium. This is when children receive gifts from St. Nicholas, who is partially the inspiration for the Santa Claus tradition.
- If you were curious, the pronunciation is: [FEHF-fuhr-noos].
- Though recipes differ, all contain cinnamon, cloves, mace, nutmeg, cardamom, and anise. Some variations include powdered sugar. Molasses and honey are used to sweeten the cookies.
- In Germany, the pfeffernüsse is more closely associated with Christmas. The biscuit has been part of European yuletide celebrations since the 1850s.
- December 23rd is National Pfeffernuesse Day.
- Pfeffernuesse are traditionally very hard and firm once cooked. Because of this they are typically dunked in liquid prior to consuming.
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Reference: Wikipedia facts about Pfeffernusse.
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