Black Pepper? Cayenne Pepper? In a cookie? You will have to try this one for yourself! Steve Horton of Baker's Field Flour & Bread has come up with a MN Spice Cookie for those brave, Minnesota souls. This cookie has so much flavor, he recommends pairing it with Bridgeman's Vanilla ice cream! If you try these, you must let us know what you think!
Cake/Pastry Flour 423 grams
Baking Powder 12 grams
Sea Salt 4 grams
Ground Cinnamon 4 grams
Ground Allspice 2 grams
Finely Ground Black Pepper 4 grams
Cayenne Pepper (1/4 teaspoon)
Cocoa Powder 160 grams
Butter 336 grams
Vanilla Extract 24 grams
Cane Sugar 448 grams
Eggs 100 grams
Mix and sift together flour, baking powder, sea salt, cinnamon, allspice, black pepper, cayenne pepper and cocoa powder, set aside
Cream butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Slowly add eggs, scraping as you go.
Add half of the dry ingredients, scraping often. Add other half until combined. Finish mixing by hand.
Split dough into two. Wrap and refrigerate until firm but not hard.
Take out dough and roll out to desired thickness. Cut with preferred cookie cutter.
Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.
A note from Steve:
Most American home bakers have never baked using a scale—by weight instead of by volume, which is what happens when using measuring spoons and cups. A cup is never a cup, since the density of ingredients can vary. Depending on how you pack a one cup measure, the total amount of flour can vary by as much as 3 ounces. Somewhere in the back of your cabinets, you likely have a food scale. Give baking this way a try, and you will achieve the most tender, flavorful cookies possible.