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Maryland Black Pepper Cookies

Yield about 4 1/2 dozen


  • 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

How to Make It

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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