A pfeffernusse cookie that can be cut into round shapes. Great at Christmas.
INGREDIENTS (for 6 servings):
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
- 1 teaspoon brandy
Combine flour, baking powder, spices and salt.
In a large bowl, beat the sugar and eggs until thick and light-colored. Beat in the lemon juice. Beat in the lemon zest. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Stir in the hazelnuts. Cover and chill for 4 hours.
On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/2 inch. Using a 1 1/2 inch round cookie cutter, cut out cookies and place 1 inch apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Cover the baking sheets with clean towels and leave undisturbed for 4 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Turn the cookies over and place a drop of brandy in the center of each cookie. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly colored. Transfer to wire racks to cool.