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Points® value
Total Time
25 min
10 min
15 min
Ball-shaped holiday cookies from Germany. They’re rich with spices and terrific for dunking into hot chocolate, coffee or tea.


Ground cloves

½ tsp(s)

Ground nutmeg

½ tsp(s)

Ground cinnamon

½ tsp(s)

Black pepper

¼ pinch(es), freshly ground

Ground ginger

¼ tsp(s)

Ground cardamom

¼ tsp(s)

Baking soda

¼ tsp(s)

All-purpose flour

1¼ cup(s)

Whole wheat flour

1¼ cup(s)

Raw egg

2 large

Packed brown sugar

1 cup(s), dark-variety

Chopped walnuts

tbsp(s), finely minced

Powdered sugar (confectioner's)

¼ cup(s)


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Coat 2 cookie sheets with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper, ginger, cardamom, baking soda and both kinds of flour; set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer, in a large bowl, beat eggs and brown sugar on high speed until mixture is light and liquidy; reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly — dough will be very stiff. Add walnuts; thoroughly combine.
  4. Working with damp hands, form dough into balls the size of small walnuts; place on prepared cookie sheets about 1 1/2-inches apart. Bake until tops of cookies just start to turn golden, about 12 to 15 minutes; remove cookies to wire racks to cool. Dust with powdered sugar and serve. Yields 3 cookies per serving.