These cookies have been part of my Oklahoma Christmas since the day I was born and well before. It’s a family tradition. My chocoholic self normally heads right to chocolate chip cookies or brownies, but that’s not the case when there’s cinnamon pepper cookies. These have always been a favorite of mine and I only have them once a year. My aunt Deanna makes these. I love her. She’s like a second mother to me. Actually, everyone loves her. There isn’t a person alive who doesn’t meet her and just instantly feels better after they do. She has that affect on people. My mom’s the same way. And when the two of them get together, look out. There’s more giggling going on than at a 5th grade slumber party. Before I forget, these are REALLY easy to make. About 30 minutes start to finish! Hooray!
Since I don’t really hold back at letting everyone know what an oinker I can be, like in the pistachio cookie post, why stop now? One Christmas year, I think I was 10 or 11 years old, I ate 14 of these cookies. Christmas is a day of indulgence and I certainly did my fair share. Lucky for me, no one was paying attention to reign me in. Aunt Deanna and I had a laugh about that the other day. We decided it takes about 14 to make sure you know if you really like something. Who can tell after just 1 or 2, right? After 14, I knew. I liked them, and I hop you do too.
P.S. I think adding a cup of chopped pecans would really make these cookies rock!
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 3½ cups flour
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- Powderd sugar for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mix all the ingredients except the powdered sugar together.
- Roll into ping pong size balls and place on cookie sheets
- Lightly flatten with a spatula or the palm of your hand (you don't want a pancake).
- Bake 15 minutes.
- Dust with powdered sugar when hot, then again when cool.