Lemon and Black Pepper Cookies

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You can use either finely ground or coarsely ground black pepper in these unusual cookies—it depends on your own preference. You can also use ground pink peppercorns for a subtle change.

Difficulty: Medium

Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 8 hours 30 minutes

Makes: 36 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp. milk
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Directions

  • Whisk dry ingredients, including lemon zest, together in a bowl. Place in a zip-top bag; seal and allow to stand overnight so lemon flavor permeates flour.
  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk, vanilla, and lemon juice; blend well. Stir in dry ingredients; blending well. Form into logs; wrap in wax paper. Chill overnight, or freeze.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Slice dough ¼" thick; place on baking sheet.
  • Bake 8–10 minutes. Cool.

Recipe Information

Makes: 36 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp. milk
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Directions

  • Whisk dry ingredients, including lemon zest, together in a bowl. Place in a zip-top bag; seal and allow to stand overnight so lemon flavor permeates flour.
  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk, vanilla, and lemon juice; blend well. Stir in dry ingredients; blending well. Form into logs; wrap in wax paper. Chill overnight, or freeze.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Slice dough ¼" thick; place on baking sheet.
  • Bake 8–10 minutes. Cool.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories50
Total Fat3g
Saturated Fat1.5g
Cholesterol10mg
Sodium135mg
Total Carbohydrate5g
Dietary Fiber0g
Sugars0g
Protein1g