Recipe by Steve P.
This is a Traditional Mennonite Holiday treat. Spicy and crisp they are delicious. The recipe says it will make up to 120 cookies, but that will be less if you use very large cookie cutters.
Top Review by Scott Sanders
Very tasty. :) Pre-ground pepper works fine. Cool egg mix fast by leaving in fridge for 20 mins. Flouring everything (dough, roller, hands) works better. Cookies can cool on paper towels also. Takes maybe a half-hour to prep and cook four dough portions. My mix made just 20 cookies with a cookie cutter of 3¼" diameter and cookies just over 1/8" thick, which were fluffier.
- 1⁄2 cup butter or 1⁄2 cup margarine
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup dark corn syrup
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vinegar
- 1 slightly beaten egg
- 2 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon crushed anise seeds (optional) or 1 teaspoon anise extract (optional)
- ground cinnamon (this is in addition to the 1/2 teaspoon above, for sprinkling tops)
Directions See How It's Made
- Melt butter or margarine in medium saucepan.
- Add sugar, syrup, and vinegar.
- Bring mixture just to boiling.
- Immediately remove pan from heat; cool to room temperature.
- Stir in egg.
- Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, the 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, cloves, pepper and anise seed in a medium bowl: (note if using anise extract instead of seed add it to the cooled butter/sugar mixture from the first step instead) Stir into egg mixture; mix well to form dough.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight for flavors to blend and so that dough is firm enough to roll.
- Divide dough into four portions.
- Keep portions chilled until ready to roll.
- On lightly floured surface roll one portion very thin (less than 1/8 inch thick).
- Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters.
- Place on a greased cookie sheet.
- Sprinkle with ground cinnamon.
- Bake in a 375ºF oven for 4 to 5 minutes or until barely brown around the edges.
- Immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool.
- Repeat with remaining portions of dough.
- Store in covered tins.