A classic that only grandma could make.  Although I have had the store bought varieties, homemade is so much better.  This is her old, old, old recipe.

 Pfeffernuesse
Ingredients:
Sift together:
4-1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cloves, nutmeg, and salt (each)
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Add:
2 teaspoons anise seeds

Combine:
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar

Add dry ingredients and mix well.  If desired, dough maybe chilled.  Shape dough with well floured hands into balls the size of walnuts.  Place on greased baking sheet.  Cover cookies with towel.  Let stand over night.  Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes.  Shake warm cookies a few at a time paper bag containing confectionary sugar.  When cold, store in a tightly covered jar.  

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