Old German honey cookies and traditional pfefferneusse are some good recipes for German cookies. Both recipes yield four dozen cookies and have four star ratings.
To make the old German honey cookies, melt 1 cup of white sugar, 1 cup of shortening and 1 cup of honey in a small saucepan over low heat. While that cools, mix together 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of ginger in a bowl. Gradually add in the cooled honey mixture. Next, slowly add 4 cups of flour, and stir until well-blended.
Drop teaspoonfuls of the cookie dough onto cookie sheets, making sure they are 2 inches apart. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 to 15 minutes.
To make the traditional pfefferneusse, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium bowl, cream 1/2 cup of shortening and 3/4 cup of packed brown sugar. When they are smooth, mix in 1/2 cup of molasses, 3 drops of anise oil and 1 egg. Next, dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 tablespoon of hot water, and stir it into the mixture. In a separate bowl, combine 3 1/2 cups of flour, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of ginger and 1/8 teaspoon of white pepper.
Blend all the ingredients together and knead them for a minute. Place 1-inch balls of the dough 1 inch apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.