Black-Pepper Chocolate Cookies

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Preparation info

  • 3 dozen

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New York Times Menu Cookbook

New York Times Menu Cookbook

By Craig Claiborne

Published 1966

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  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • ¾ cup butter, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat oven to moderate (375°F.).

  2. Sift together the baking powder, salt, flour and cocoa. Set aside. Mix together butter, spices and vanilla. Blend in sugar. Beat in egg. Gradually stir in flour mixture.

  3. Shape dough into one-inch balls. Place one and one-half inches apart on greased cookie sheets Flatten to one-quarter-inch thickness. Bake for twelve minutes. Cool on a rack. Frost, if desired.

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