Though pfeffernüsse (Feh-fer-noose, $15.99 per pound) translates as "pepper nuts," in Germany and in neighboring Denmark and the Netherlands, these small, firm cookies often contain neither pepper nor nuts. (That's the case here, too.) Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and anise are common ingredients that contribute to the zingy flavor.
Pfeffernüsse are associated with the winter holidays. At this long-lived German-American bakery, you'll find them from Thanksgiving week through the beginning of the New Year.
Rudy's Bakery & Cafe
905 Seneca Ave. (Catalpa-Myrtle Aves.), Ridgewood, Queens