Hot Desert Sands Cookies

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Recipe by Mary Scheffert

This recipe is from a Better Homes & Gardens magazine from several years ago, celebrating special cookies representing each state in the U.S.-- these are from Nevada. The cookies are crispy & light, with a definite "kick". NOTE: DO NOT substitute regular chili powder or ground red pepper. (These cookies would also be good without the ground peppers.)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Beat butter & shortening in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, ground chili, vanilla, salt, cinnamon & baking powder; beat till combined. Stir in flour & walnuts (if using).
  2. Put remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar into a small bowl. Shape the dough into 1" balls and roll in sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet (or on parchment-lined cookie sheet). Flatten balls till 1/4" thick using the bottom of a glass.
  3. Bake in 325 degree oven about 15 minutes or until edges are light brown. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.

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