Traditionally served at Christmastime, Pfeffernüsse (German for "peppernuts") are very popular in many European countries. Scandinavians call them pepperkaker in Norway, in Sweden and pebernodder in Denmark. These tiny ball-shaped cookies are full of spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and the ingredient for which they're namedblack pepper.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.