Not long ago, my 5 year old (autistic and verbally-challenged) son was saying that he wanted pepper cookies. At first we thought he was saying peanut butter cookies, but he corrected us and pointed to the pepper shaker. Before spending too long of a time telling him that there was no such thing, I decided to look it up. What do you know, there is such a thing- several kinds, in fact. I found a recipe that called for ingredients we had on hand (and that he would eat) and proceeded to cook up a batch of them. I let him stir a little bit– up until he started eating large amounts of the butter. Then when everything was mixed together, and I was dropping mounds of dough onto the cookie sheet, he grabbed a mound of dough and dipped it in pepper (just like you would with cinnamon&sugar for snickerdoodles)! I let him put that one on one of the cookie trays as I was popping them in the oven. He raised quite a fuss about wanting to dip all of them in the pepper, but soon settled down. After the cookies were baked, he actually ate half of that pepper-dipped one. I wish I had had my camera out to capture the expression on his face! Anyway, here is what was left of it. He took several small bites.
And here’s the recipe…
½ c. butter ¼ tsp. salt
½ c. sugar ¼ tsp. cardamom
¼ tsp. vanilla ¼ tsp. cinnamon
¾ c. flour ¼ tsp. pepper
¼ c. cornstarch ¼ c. milk
1 tsp. baking powder
In a medium bowl, cream together butter, sugar, and vanilla. In a smaller bowl combine the dry ingredients. Stir dry ingredients into butter mixture, alternatively with the milk. Mix well and drop by tablespoons onto un-greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350ºF for about 10 minutes or until golden around the edges.
Have fun trying new things, especially when your child comes up with them, and happy baking!
*Edit: You can veganize this and other recipes you find on my blog (and please do), with these substitutions:
•choose from this list of vegan sugars in place of sugar
•use maple syrup in place of honey
•use Earth Balance vegan butter or coconut oil in place of butter
•use coconut milk/cream in place of sweetened condensed milk
•any vegan milk can be used in place of dairy milk
•to make vegan buttermilk, add a tablespoon of vinegar to soy milk and leave at room temperature a few minutes
•see this list of 5 Vegan Substitutes for Eggs in Baking
•use vegan chocolate