Recipe by HeatherFeather
These are my absolute favorite cookies. A friend in college had received a huge tin of homemade cookies from her mother and a version of these cookies were inside, along with many other types of cookies. I had never heard of black pepper cookies before and loved the unique flavor-sweet & buttery, with a slight kick from the pepper. I searched for years to find the recipe and finally found it in a Watkins spices cookbook several years ago. I make these every year for the holidays and everyone always wants to know the secret of my "vanilla flecked" butter cookies. Update: Eggs sizes seem to be shrinking, so depending upon the size of the eggs in your area, you may need to use an XL egg rather than a large. Regarding the pepper: fresh ground will produce huge grains of pepper and make things far too peppery and savory tasting. Please use finely ground pre-ground black pepper in this recipe, carefully measured using a measuring spoon and leveled off.
Top Review by Len23
These are quite good. They taste is pretty subtle, just a little bit of a kick every now and then. The vanilla in them is to die for. It made so many that I adapted a few batches- added some mini choc. chips to some and cinnamon to others. Both are good. The cinnamon is great- makes it a really flavourful spicy cookie and seems to go well with the pepper. These are going in all my xmas gift tins!
- 3 3⁄8 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1⁄2 cups sweet unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1⁄2 large egg
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 1⁄4 teaspoons black pepper
- 1 1⁄2 to taste extra sugar, for dipping glass
Directions See How It's Made
- Mix all ingredients (except for the extra sugar for dipping the glass) together well using a heavy duty mixer.
- Roll into 1/2 inch size balls-you will need three large ungreased cookie sheets, 16 balls per sheet.
- Use the flat base of a drinking glass that has been dipped into sugar to flatten each dough ball on the cookie sheets.
- Bake in a preheated 350 F (or 180 C) oven for 8-11 minutes or until lighly browned on the edges- do not overbake.
- Remove to wire racks to cool.