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.Learn more about Desserts