Maryland Black Pepper Cookies

Oxmoor House
about 4 1/2 dozen


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2 eggs, separated
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts


Beat egg whites (at room temperature) in a large mixing bowl until stiff peaks form. Beat egg yolks in a small mixing bowl until thick and lemon colored. Pour yolks into beaten egg whites, beating until thoroughly blended. Gradually add sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating well.

Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and cloves in a medium mixing bowl. Gradually add to egg mixture. Add raisins and walnuts, stirring well.

Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375° for 6 to 8 minutes. Cool slightly on cookie sheets. Remove from cookie sheets, and cool completely on wire racks.

Created date

February 2010