Editors note: The Durango Herald will be testing cookie recipes from The Associated Press for the next few weeks.
Well share with you the successes and foibles of holiday baking. Well give you an anecdote and a success rating for each recipe.
By Nancy Richmond
Herald Staff Writer
I buy wine because it has a cool label or a clever name. My most recent cabernet sauvignon acquisition Three Blind Moose was bought for this reason. So when deciding which cookie to bake this week, pfeffernusse won. I had no idea what it was, I was going to make it. Turns out these cookies have fresh-ground pepper in them. Who would put pepper into a perfectly good cookie? Turns out those crazy Germans are the culprits, and pfeffernusse means pepper nuts.
But this recipe called for pink peppercorns, and because Im a fan of many things pink, I was in. The first thing I did was to dump the entire $10 bottle of the spunky, pink peppercorns all over my counter. Theyre round, of course, so they rolled and bounced onto the floor. I am certain there are about eight bucks worth of pepper under my stove.
Mixing the ingredients is fairly easy, but I dont recommend doubling the recipe as I did my Kitchen Aid mixer was overloaded, bumping and grinding, spewing flour and pepper specks all over the place. I had to transfer the whole caboodle into a large bowl and hand blend it.
The next thing I did was to dump an entire unbaked batch of nicely formed nusse dollops onto the floor, and lets just say the floor hasnt been cleaned in a while, so the three-second rule could not apply. Truly sad.
The first batch to emerge from the oven smelled amazing and tasted amazing as well. Who knew pepper and sugar were meant to be?
Success rating: These peppery morsels are nothing to sneeze at, and the pink flecks are pretty, if you stop bites long enough to notice them. Theyre chewy in the middle and easy on the palette, or so I thought. With his first taste, my managing editor shuddered and made a face akin to biting into a lemon. I guess he wasnt expecting pepper in a cookie, either.