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Mrs. Tigani's Chocolate and Black Pepper Cookies

Biscotti al Cioccolato con Pepe Nero

Mary Ann Esposito

MAKES 3 1/2 DOZEN

Walnut-studded chocolate drop cookies are always found on a wedding cookie cake because they are firm and provide a good color contrast to the lighter cookies. This recipe has changed hands and ingredients many times in my family, but the one thing that remains constant is the black pepper in the dough. These freeze beautifully.

INGREDIENTS

3 1/4 cups King Arthur™ Unbleached, All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/2 to 2/3 cup milk
2/3 cup chopped walnuts

FROSTING
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
3 to 3 1/2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon rum extract
Colored sprinkles

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease two cookie sheets. Sift all the dry ingredients together into a bowl. Work in the shortening with your hands until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Add 1/2 cup milk and the nuts and mix with your hands until well blended. If the mixture seems too dry and does not hold together, add just enough additional milk so the dough holds together.

Pinch off 1-inch pieces of dough and roll them into balls. Place 1 inch apart on the cookie sheets. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until firm.

While the cookies bake, make the frosting. In a bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, and the rum extract and beat until smooth. Add additional milk if necessary to make a thin frosting.

Let the cookies cool on racks only until warm. Dip the tops into the icing, place on the racks, and sprinkle with colored sprinkles. Let the frosting dry completely before layering the cookies between wax paper. These will keep in an airtight container for up to 1 week or can be frozen for up to 2 months.

item recipe is featured in Episode 811 of Season 8.

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  1. judi's avatar

    judi

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    i make all kinds of italian cookies for xmass and this one looks so good ,ill add it to my colection.i love to watch mary ann cook and bake she is the best.
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    MARY T BALLESTERO

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    GREAT SHOW
  3. carm's avatar

    carm

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    made these cookies for a wedding in july, and made them again for christmas, they are delicious.

    carm
  4. Mike C.'s avatar

    Mike C.

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    I love these cookies. That page in my recipe book has been stained with chocolate cookie dough.
    The black pepper not only adds a good kick to them, but also makes them taste really good. I love making them for holidays & special occasions.
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    Betty Ann Batzel

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    I love watching your show and I love that the meals are simple and look delicious♥ I love to cook and bake. Is that your kitchen or on the set?Thank you for the quick response. do these cookies crumble when you eat them. I have searched for many years for this recipe and I will try these and let you know. Thank you.Betty Ann
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    Peggy Caruso

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    Lost my recipe, these are wonderful, only diff is mine had honey and no b pepper
    But these are delicious, so happy I fiound this.

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