When you bake these old-fashioned cookies you fill your kitchen with the heady aroma of ginger, cinnamon and cloves.   The flavours are wonderfully addictive and it is difficult to stop at just one cookie.  These are inexpensive cookies to make – a perfect treat for the budget conscious cook.  A touch of freshly ground black pepper compliments the exotic the spices.  A perfect cookie with a tall glass of milk and a cup of Earl Gray Tea.

: cookie
Cuisine: old-fashioned baking
: 30
A beguiling combination of spices in a soft, chewy cookie
  • ¾ cup butter (or good quality hard margarine), room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup cooking molasses
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2¼ cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • Several good twists of freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • Sugar (additional for rolling the cookies in)
  1. Preheat oven to 375F (190).
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper
  3. In your standing mixer beat butter or margarine and l cup sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in molasses and egg until blended.
  5. Sift flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, freshly ground pepper and salt and add to sugar mixture,
  6. Mix just until it becomes a stiff dough.
  7. Shape dough into walnut-sized balls and roll in sugar to coat,.
  8. Place about 2½ inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets.
  9. Bake in a preheated oven 12 to 14 minutes.
  10. Remove from baking sheets and cool on wire racks.
  11. Variation:
  12. Add 1½ cups chopped raisins to cook dough.
  13. Shape and bake as directed above.


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