White Pepper Cherry Cookies

White Pepper Cherry Cookies
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
36 servings

Sweet cookies with just a hint of heat.



1 ½
cups all-purpose flour
tsp baking powder
tsp freshly ground white pepper, plus more for dusting
tsp salt
stick unsalted butter, softened
cup sugar
large egg
cup dried cherries


Step 1

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, pepper and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Step 2

Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and beat to combine. Add the flour mixture and beat on medium-low speed until just incorporated. Stir in the cherries.

Step 3

Lay out a large piece of plastic wrap and scoop the dough on top. Using the plastic as an aide, form the dough into an even log, about 2 inches in diameter and 10 inches long. Refrigerate until very firm, at least 2 hours and up to overnight.

Step 4

Position oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 350ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 5

Unwrap the dough, place it on a cutting board and use a serrated knife to cut it into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Lay the rounds on the prepared baking sheets about 1 inch apart. Dust very lightly with white pepper.

Step 6

Bake the cookies until just golden on the bottom and edges, about 12 minutes. Cool on the baking sheets 5 minutes, then carefully transfer to a rack and cool completely. Repeat with any remaining cookies, cooling the baking sheets between batches.

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