Ingredients

How to make it

  • 1. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, salt, pepper, espresso powder, and cinnamon into a large bowl; set aside
  • 2. Put butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined
  • 3. Turn out dough onto a piece of parchment paper and roll into a 2-inch-diameter log. Roll log in the parchment. Refrigerate at least one hour or overnight.
  • 4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove log from parchment paper. Let soften slightly at room temperature, about 5 minutes. Roll log in sanding sugar, gently pressing down to adhere sugar to dough. Transfer log to cutting board, and slice into ¼-inch-thick rounds. Place rounds on baking sheets lined with parchment paper (this is SUCH a time saver!!!), spacing 1 inch apart. Sprinkle each round with freshly ground pepper.
  • 5. Bake cookies until there is slight resistance when you lightly touch centers, about 11 minutes. Transfer cookies (on parchment) to wire racks to cool completely. Cookies can be stored in air-tight containers about 2-3 days.
  • Makes about 4 dozen.

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  • markeverett 4 years ago
    Thanks, Munchy!
    These are my daughter's favorite cookies and I have to send her some periodically! I hope you enjoy them!
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  • munchy 4 years ago
    Wow, sounds amazing!
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    conner909 ate it and said...
    Mark,
    I made these cookies today, and they are so rich, dense and flavorful! They'd go very well with vanilla ice cream. This is a keeper, and I'm rating these a 5...thanks!
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  • lacrenshaw 5 years ago
    mark,
    I'm not much of a cookie baker but these just sounds to good to be true. Yes! I WILL make these cookies. Thanks!
    Lorraine
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    " It was excellent "
    lanacountry ate it and said...
    Hey I can DREAM can't I Mark?? :)
    55555 super yummy! Group added
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    " It was excellent "
    greekgirrrl ate it and said...
    Now that's different..I've heard of these existing in a land far far away.

    Can't wait to bake them!
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    " It was excellent "
    conner909 ate it and said...
    This looks really good! I'm bookmarking this to make soon, as I'm looking for a unique cookie recipe for Xmas! Thanks!
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  • mountainmama 6 years ago
    I love these cookies Mark what a great recipe. This will be so great for the Holidays. Thanks for Sharing. Five For You Mister! :)
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    " It was excellent "
    linspj ate it and said...
    Will have to try these. We make pepper cookies at Christmas, but not with chocolate...this kicks it up a notch. Thanks for sharing.
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    " It was excellent "
    peetabear ate it and said...
    great addition to my cookie holiday list...five for you...thank you for sharing the recipe
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    " It was excellent "
    mjcmcook ate it and said...
    Hello ~
    Wonderful "5"FORK!!!!! cookie recipe ~
    Great combination of flavors to produce a
    unique taste ~
    Thank-you for sharing ~
    ~*~ mjcmcook ~*~
    P.S. I 'Flagged' your photo 'Beautiful' ~
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    fizzle3nat ate it and said...
    These look really good - Martha has some really unique cookie recipes. I tried her ginger brownies and those were delicious; I'm sure these are as well. I love black pepper anyway. I'll add to my 'try' list. Thanks for sharing! - Natalie
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    " It was excellent "
    marky90 ate it and said...
    Fantastic!
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    " It was excellent "
    mystic_river1 ate it and said...
    Wonderful cookies..^5
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