Three Pepper Spiced Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2cup butter, softened
  • 1cup sugar
  • 1 1/2teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2teaspoon ground ancho chile pepper
  • 1/2teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • 1/2teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1egg
  • 1tablespoon milk
  • 2cups all-purpose flour
  • Medium-grind black pepper
  • 10ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1tablespoon shortening
  • Directions

    1. In a large bowl, beat butter with electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, ground ancho chile pepper, the 12 teaspoon finely ground black pepper, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and milk until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. If necessary, knead dough slightly to blend. Shape dough into a ball. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a 6-12-inch-long roll. Wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper; chill 4 to 24 hours.
    2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut rolls into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place slices 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle cookies with medium-grind black pepper. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are golden. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool.
    3. In a small saucepan, combine chocolate and shortening. Cook and stir over low heat until melted. Dip each cookie halfway in melted chocolate; shake off excess. Place chocolate-dipped cookies on waxed paper. Let stand until chocolate is set. Makes about 60 cookies.

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