Made these delicious cookies today, but cut the recipe in half. I wasn't sure about the butter/margarine amounts, as they differ and I have never seen more for margarine than butter, so I used 1/4 cup butter. Once the batter was done it so thin that I added some more flour. I don't think mine are as crispy as they should have been due to that change, next time would try it as written, before adding flour. But despite a less crispy cookie, they have a wonderful spice flavor. I didn't opt to add the pepper. Thanks for sharing a great recipe Toni!!! Made for photo tag.