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Sometime you may have had some Italian cookies and wondered about the piquant taste. They may have been pepper cookies which come from the far northern Italian border. The pepper does not make the cookies hot, just zippy.

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Servings: 24


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  1. Set out butter cut into pieces to come to room temperature.
  2. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and butter.
  4. Grind pepper in hand held food processor.
  5. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
  6. Cream butter and sugar together and add 1/3 of the flour mixture, mix.
  7. Add another 1/3 of flour mixture to butter mixture. Mix.
  8. Combine the rest of the ingredients.
  9. Form the dough into a 5 by 5 rectangle and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes covered with plastic wrap.
  10. Roll out dough between floured sheet of waxed paper into a 10 by 15 rectangle.
  11. Cut out cookies with a cookie cutter and place on cookie sheet.
  12. Reform scraps and roll out again.
  13. Cut out and place on cookie sheet.
  14. Brush cookies with egg, sprinkle lightly with sugar and bake 12 minutes.
  15. Remove from oven and place cookies on wire rack
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 16g
Recipe makes 24 servings
Calories 58  
Calories from Fat 21 36%
Total Fat 2.42g 3%
Saturated Fat 1.39g 6%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 57mg 2%
Potassium 12mg 0%
Total Carbs 8.22g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1%
Sugars 4.22g 3%
Protein 1.04g 2%




  • Evelyn Scott
    May 21, 2010
    As far as I can ascertain they come from the far northern Italian border of Trieste.I believe the chocolate is just a variation of this cookie,and unfortunately I don't have a pic of them
    P.S.The pepper does not make the cookies hot, just zippy.
    • Patricia Turo
      May 21, 2010
      I've spent in the Aosta area, but never saw this cookies. Do you know where they come from? They sound interesting as I think pepper in cookies really adds a lot of interest. We have a chocolate spice cookie with pepper that I love. Would like to know the background on these if you have it and maybe a pictures. Thanks

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