Pfeffernüsse are a traditional German treat. They are a gingerbread-ish cookie that literally means “pepper nuts”. These cookies are sweet and soft with a variety of spices.
Again, this is a great example of Trader Joe’s company using one of their ethnic name – Baker Josef was a good guy last year and he does a very good job. Although “Josef”, could be from any number European countries, Deutschland is certain to be his home. When I studied German in school, the name I chose for myself was “Jörg.” Although “Josef” is a better translation of “Joe,” I think “Trader Jörg’s Pfeffernüsse” has a nice ring to it.
On the box, there’s mention of a German tradition in which pfeffernüsse are dipped in wine when served to guests during winter holiday parties. Sonia and Sonia thought the cookies tasted disgusting, so we ate them with milk. To my curiosity, I began to research which wines could be paired with these cookies in the days that followed. There were dessert wines mentioned, like a Riesling. I was intrigued by this as well as Pinot Noir. How can gingerbread be paired with a flinty wine?
I saw an opportunity to grab a bottle and quickly dipped one of these “pepper nuts” in my Napa Valley Pinot Noir Wine Glass. It was like dipping an Oreo into cold water. It was amazing. It was very delicious and unique. It was both sweet and spicy. The combination is highly recommended. If you are lucky enough to be near a TJ’s that carries wines, you might be able get some. Chucks for two (or three) bucksPinot Noir. It was something I tried back in California, and I was quite surprised. We have only reviewed one wine on this blog due to PA’s outdated alcohol laws.
These cookies are delicious enough by themselves. These German-inspired cookies will be a hit with those who love spicy gingerbread. However, spicy does not necessarily mean hot. They are full of cinnamon, cloves and allspice. And technically, I guess they’re not really gingerbread—they just remind me of it.
My wife gives these pfeffernüsse 4 out of 5 stars. I’d give ’em a 4, too—if they came with a mini bottle of Pinot Noir. I give them 3.5 stars for what they are.
Final verdict: 7.5 out 10.