Pepper-spice Cookies

Pepper-spice Cookies
Yield: 2 to 3 dozen cookies Prep 30 mins Chill 2 hrs 30 mins Bake 375°F 8 mins to 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange rind

Make It

1. Beat butter and sugars with mixer or in food processor until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Transfer to bowl if using processor.

2. Sift flour, baking powder, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper and salt onto waxed paper. Stir into butter mixture. Stir in rind. Cover; refrigerate until dough is firm enough to roll, 2 hours.

3. Lightly butter 2 large baking sheets. Roll out dough on well-floured surface with rolling pin to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into circles or other shapes, using cookie cutters. Using spatula, carefully remove to baking sheets. Refrigerate to firm, 30 minutes.

4. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake until edges are golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove cookies to racks to cool. Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 79, Fat, total (g): 4, chol. (mg): 19, sat. fat (g): 2, carb. (g): 9, pro. (g): 1, sodium (mg): 18, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.