Friday, December 19, 2008

Chocolate Pepper Cookies

This recipe comes from Martha Stewart's Christmas.

1½ cups butter (no substitution)
1 ¾ cups sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups unsweetened cocoa
¼ tsp. salt
1/3 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1 tsp. cinnamon

Mix together (adding sifted ingredients 1 large spoonful at a time), chill dough well, roll out 1/8” thick, cut out cookies. Bake on parchment lined cookie sheets at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes. [Martha insists on parchment, but one year I made the discovery that brown paper grocery bags cut to fit your cookie sheets work just as well].

Melt 4-6 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate and drizzle over cooled cookies for decoration.

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