Sunday, December 5, 2010


These yummy-for-my-tummy cookies are one of Brian's favorites. I figured I would make him a treat to accompany his endless hours of studying, writing and preparing for finals. These were adapted from Martha's great recipe to suit what I had on hand. I love that she adds freshly ground pepper... very unexpected.

2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (room temp)
1 1/4 c. packed light-brown sugar
1/4 c. unsulfured molasses
1 large egg
1/4 c. organic cane sugar

In a small bowl mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, pepper, and salt.
In a larger bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, and molasses. Add the egg and mix until blended and smooth. Add the dry ingredients into and stir until just combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Heat the oven to 350ºF. Put sugar in a small bowl. Roll dough into 1-inch balls, then roll again in sugar, until coated. Bake for 15-18 minutes (tops will be cracked and centers firm) then transfer to a cooling rack.
Pour a glass of cold milk and enjoy.

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