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Fresh ginger and black pepper bring a kick to this classic cookie. Prep tip: Swirl a liquid measuring cup with a thin coat of vegetable oil before measuring molasses for the most accurate (and least sticky) result.

Recipe by Southern Living December 2015

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Credit: Linda Pugliese, Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas, Buffy Hargett Miller

Recipe Summary test

hands-on:
15 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Yield:
Makes 1 1/2 dozen
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350°. Beat dark brown sugar and shortening in a medium bowl at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add egg, molasses, and ginger; beat 30 seconds. Sift flour with next 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, and beat at low speed until combined.

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  • Place sanding sugar in a small bowl. Drop dough by level spoonfuls into sanding sugar, using a 1 1/2-inch cookie scoop; roll to coat. Place coated cookies 3 inches apart on 2 parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

  • Bake, in batches, at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are fragrant and browned around edges. Cool on pans 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).

Chef's Notes

Sanding sugar can be ordered online or purchased wherever specialty cake supplies are sold.

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