A dash of black pepper adds bite to thesesweet cake-like confections. Sprinkle them with cinnamon beforethey go into the oven.
Recipe: Pepper Cookies
1/2 cup butter or margarine 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup dark corn syrup 1 1/2 teaspoons white distilled vinegar 1 large egg, lightly beaten 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
In a medium saucepan melt butter. Stirin sugar, corn syrup and vinegar. Bring just to a boil and immediatelyremove from heat; cool to room temperature before stirring inegg.
Meanwhile, in a separate bowl combineflour, baking soda, ginger, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, clovesand pepper. Stir into syrup mixture, mixing well. Cover and refrigerateovernight.
When dough has finished chilling, preheatoven to 375°F (190°C).
Divide dough into quarters and keep unusedportions chilled until ready to roll.
On a lightly floured surface, roll eachportion to 1/8-inch thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cuttersand place on an ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle with remainingcinnamon. Bake 4 to 5 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Makes 36 cookies.
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