TastingTable.com recently featured an intriguing recipe for sugar cookies--it added cracked black pepper to the rolling sugar!
Seeing as I'm adding more and more sweet/savory combos to my list of favorite foods, I thought I'd give this a whirl.
I made this last night, and even I, the non-baker, thought these were dead simple. You add freshly-cracked black pepper to the granulated sugar and smidge of flour. The recipe calls for 1/8 of a teaspoon, which I did at first. I found the pepper flavor negligible!
I also cut the cookies into slices instead of rolling them out and cutting. I'm a rebel like that.
By the third batch I felt I found a good balance..the black pepper gives just enough background heat to these. I plan to make a batch for my friend Kel, who loveslovelovesnoseriouslythisgirlLOVES pepper. I'll toss in a mill or two of peppercorns and make her day!
I might even experiment with the next batch--maybe some chili pepper? Dried chipotle powder? White pepper? Oooh..white pepper...
Go here for the recipe---and let me know what you think!