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Sweetheart Heart Shaped Pepper Cookies for Valentine's Day or Anytime

Updated on December 20, 2017
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I grew up watching and helping my mother make homemade cookies. They were always in our school lunch boxes. Here, I share some family favs.

Heart shaped Pepper Cookies on a plate
Heart shaped Pepper Cookies on a plate | Source

Home Baked Cookies

Are you struggling with what to give your sweetheart as a Valentines Day Gifts idea? Of course you could give your sweetheart sparkling diamonds or heart shaped chocolates and dozens of long stemmed roses. But if your budget is not large and you would like to show him or her that you spent some personal time and effort into making this gift and not just selecting it why not create some home baked heart shaped cookies this year?

These cookies are not just for Valentine's Day but could be used in the mix of holiday cookies such as I have been doing since discovering them.

These Pepper Cookies have been a part of our Christmas Cookie assortment that we give as gifts each year since we discovered them among my mother's recipe cards. Everybody seems to really like them and they can be cut into any shape desired.

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Pepper Cookies Recipe

What we particularly like about this Pepper Cookie recipe is that they are delectable and spicy but not overly sweet. They can be made well ahead of time and are thin and crisp. They also freeze well. The black pepper just seems to accentuate the other spices.

Heart shaped Pepper Cookies
Heart shaped Pepper Cookies | Source

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup (light corn syrup works as well but the color of the cookie becomes darker if using the dark corn syrup)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar (I use plain old apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

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Directions

1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan adding the sugar, corn syrup and vinegar. Bring just to a boil and remove the mixture from the heat and cool to room temperature after which you stir in the egg.

2. Combine all the dry ingredients and stir into the wet mixture until it is well combined.

3. At this point cover it and chill it for several hours in the refrigerator or even overnight.

4. Divide this chilled dough into at least 4 portions and keep the portions chilled until ready to roll out.

5. On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough making it very thin 1/8 of an inch or even less.

6. Cut into whatever shape you wish with cookie cutters and put them onto a greased cookie sheet. I use Pam spray on the cookie sheets and it seems to work well.

7. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 4 or 5 minutes watching carefully until the cookies are barely brown around the edges.

8. Transfer them to a rack until cooled after which they can be stored in covered containers.

This recipe makes about 120 two inch cookies. Enjoy!

4.8 stars from 5 ratings of Pepper Cookies ~ Perfect for Valentine's or Anytime!

Great tip for rolling out thin cookie dough from The Test Kitchen at Gourmet Magazine

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Cute Video of a Child Assisting His Mother in Cutting Out Cookies.

Cookies for Gifts

Tins of all types of holiday cookies are sold each year and baking cookies during special seasons of the year is traditional for many people.

My mother always had homemade cookies available in the cookie jar when I was growing up and most often they made it into our school lunch boxes as a sweet treat along with our sandwich, piece of fruit and thermos of milk.

For many years now and with my mother's help (when she was alive) I have baked many different batches of cookies to be given away as gifts during the Christmas season. My mother and I also baked homemade cookies for various occasions for the people at Ronald McDonald House in Houston. For those of you who may not know, families of ill children undergoing treatment for grave diseases (most often but not inclusive of cancer) get to stay in this homey atmosphere for extended periods of time.

The heart shaped cookie cutters that I possess were purchased to create a platter of cookies for an art gallery during Valentine's Day one year that featured my art as well as other artist's work. Ever since that Valentine's Day and since discovering this Pepper Cookies recipe I have used these particular cookie cutters for other gift giving occasions as well. They are pretty mixed in with an assortment of homemade cookies.

Heart shaped cookies can be a sweet gift idea for any time of year for the sweetheart that makes your heart go pitter-patter as well as other friends and acquaintances.

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    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      5 months ago

      Thank you.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      This cookie could be cut out in many different shapes to suit just about any occasion. Hope you enjoy it!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi GlenR,

      Happy to be of help. Because of your query I learned something about golden syrup which is similar to honey. Hope you like the cookies!

    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      5 months ago

      This is an interesting recipe. it would seem to fit many different occasions. I may just give it a try. Thank you.

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      GlenR 

      5 months ago from UK

      Thanks Peggy. I will try out the recipe with golden syrup next weekend

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi again GlenR,

      According to epicurious online, your golden syrup can be swapped one for one with corn syrup.

      Another source gave the measures for making your own corn syrup. You can make 1 cup of corn syrup by dissolving 1 1/4 cup of granulated sugar in 1/4 cup hot water. To make dark corn syrup...use 3/4 cup of your homemade light corn syrup and add 1/4 cup molasses to it.

      Hope this helps!

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      GlenR 

      5 months ago from UK

      I did an online search on a couple of supermarket websites for corn syrup and it seems that it is only available online in the UK. It costs £4.50 ($6.30) plus postage so I guess I need to try to adapt the recipe. I am fired up to try biscuits with black pepper!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi GlenR,

      By now you have probably found the same answers as I did when looking for substitutes for corn syrup. I had never heard of golden syrup so looked that up. It is more like honey according to what I found. Good luck with baking these delicious pepper cookies or biscuits as you call them. They are truly delicious!

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      GlenR 

      5 months ago from UK

      Hi Peggy. I like the idea of a cookie (we call them biscuits here in the UK if they are crisp) with a touch of black pepper. I would like to make some but I don’t know what corn syrup is. I wonder if it’s equivalent here is golden syrup. I will have to research.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jill,

      These tasty cookies are not overly sweet which is also what we like. The plate belonged to my grandmother so it is definitely old. Thanks for your comment.

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      Jill Spencer 

      6 months ago from United States

      I love that these aren't overly sweet. They look lovely, too-- and I really like your plate! An antique?

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Audrey,

      Yes pepper is included and surprisingly it does not taste at all like pepper. It just seems to accentuate the other flavors.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Oh I bet these are good--pepper huh???

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello ChitrangadaSharan,

      Hope you give these cookies a try. They can be made in all sizes and shapes. Thanks for the Valentine wishes. Hope yours was a good one as well.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is a great idea and I like the combination of ingredients . Would love to try this out any Sunday .

      Hope you had a very enjoyable Valentine's day!

      Thank you for sharing the details and helpful pictures!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Paula,

      Since you profess yourself to be a cookie monster...I am certain that you will enjoy this recipe. It is a winner!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Happy Valentine's Day to you! Hope you are enjoying this weekend. The weather has really been nice the past few days and we have been outside enjoying it. Thanks for sharing my cookie recipe with others. The new website is still being loaded but the person helping me has been ill and I need her help getting it monetized and going "live." Will probably always have something on HubPages if for no other reason...so many have been copied and some are hard to get removed. Will also see how my own site does once launched and I can always write on HP if it is bringing in more money. Time will tell.

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      Paula 

      2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Peggy....I am a bona-fide cookie monster. Could live on cookies! This recipe is definitely something different and one I will give a try! Thanks. Paula

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      C E Clark 

      2 years ago from North Texas

      Going to share this delicious recipe since Valentine's Day is only 3 days away. Who doesn't love some homemade cookies as a gift?

      Hope you are well and that your new site is coming along well. Will you continue to write on HP? Hope you're enjoying the great weather we're having down in Houston, too. Take care . . .

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Susie,

      The cookies do not taste peppery but the pepper seems to somehow accentuate the other flavorings. It is a good cookie!

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      Susie Lehto 

      2 years ago from Minnesota

      Pepper Cookies? I bet that pepper is unique tasting in a cookie. I would love to sample one of those cookies. I'm not a cookie eater, but I do like to taste them. Once in awhile I will sit down and eat my fill of cookies with milk if I love them, and then I am done eating those cookies for several months...because I enjoyed my fill. - Cheers!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Journey *,

      All you need is a heart shaped cookie cutter or of course with a steady hand you could cut heart shapes out of the batter yourself. Glad you liked the idea! Happy upcoming Valentine's Day to you!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi peachpurple,

      I am happy that you gave them a try and like them so much. We got this recipe from a Swedish friend and loved them the first time we tried them. She had different cut out designs and gave them to us for Christmas.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patsy,

      So true! Making things in advance can allow you to better enjoy the actual day with less effort. These cookies keep nicely.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      3 years ago from USA

      Hi Peggy W,

      I hope you're doing well. I've never baked heart shaped cookies before and I think these are adorable. Thanks for sharing the idea!

      Best,

      Journey *

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Yes, it is amazing how fast time flies! Glad you like the sound of this cookie. It is really tasty! Thanks for the share. It is finally warming up and the sun is shining...so all good here! :)

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I love cookies, yours are better than mine, voted delicious!

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I love cookies, yours are better than mine, voted delicious!

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 

      3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      Cookies are a good idea for Valentines. They can be made in advance to be a better surprise. Thanks for all the cookie ideas.

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      C E Clark 

      3 years ago from North Texas

      Valentine's Day isn't far off anymore. Hard to believe we were only just talking about Christmas and New Years and now it's going to be Valentine's Day in just about a month! These cookies would be a great gift or a great desert for a Valentine's party.

      Warming up here a little for the next few days . . . :) Hope your weather is improving as well. Sharing.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Tashaonthetown,

      Hope your office mates enjoy these cookies!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      Enjoy these good cookies whether made for Valentines or any other time of year. Thanks for the angels! Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alexadry,

      The small amount of pepper just seems to accentuate the other spices and flavors of this cookie recipe. Enjoy!

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      Natasha Pelati 

      4 years ago from South Africa

      Cookies are a great idea! must try the recipe for a coffee at the office!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rebecca,

      This cookie is good year round! Hope you enjoy it! ☺

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      Thanks for sharing this good cookie recipe. With different cut out designs it is a winner any time of the year! I also made some for Christmas this past year using appropriate cut out designs. Enjoy!

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      Patricia Scott 

      4 years ago from sunny Florida

      I don't remember if I commented but, please, pass the cookies...:D

      I am bookmarking so I can make these, Peggy. Have a lovely weekend.

      Angels are on the way ps

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      4 years ago from USA

      Never heard of pepper as an ingredient for cookies, I am always looking for recipes with new flavors.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Wow, what an awesome sounding cookie recipe! Thanks for sharing this!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      4 years ago from Florida

      With Valentine's Day approaching, I remembered this recipe so this time I will bookmark it so I don't lose it again. Voted UP and shared.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eddy,

      Glad you liked this. Wishing you a wonderful weekend also!

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub Peggy and voted up. Here's wishing you a great weekend.

      Eddy.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Yes January often goes by very quickly after all of the frenzy during the holidays. Valentine's Day is something that many people look forward to and enjoy. Wishing you a very happy 2014 year ahead. May it be everything you wish and even more. Thanks!

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      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      Now that Christmas and New Year's are past, Valentine's Day is next. I don't know about you, but January always seems to go by so quickly. Homemade cookies would seem to me like a really special gift, and without breaking the bank.

      Voted up and useful and pinned to 'Awesome Hubpages.'

      Hope you and your family had a wonderful New Year celebration and that every day in 2014 will bring happiness.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Mostafa,

      That is a good site to get additional recipes whether they be cookies or other types of food. Thanks!

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      Mostafa 

      4 years ago

      Sign up for Food Network's Annual Emailer Twelve Days of Cookies. They haven't started sednnig them yet, but will soon. They contain new and old favorites, photos, and detailed instructions. I love getting them.go to food network dot com to sign up.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      I had never heard of pepper cookies until a friend gave us some for a gift many years ago. They were an instant winner in our opinion! Thanks for your comment + the pin.

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      moonlake 

      5 years ago from America

      I like pepper cookies. Will pin this one to my cookie board.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello shampa sadhya,

      Hope you enjoy these pepper cookies no matter how they are shaped. They are not just for Valentine's Day. Appreciate your comment, votes and the sharing.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      These pepper cookies are just like other good flavored ones. The pepper seems to accentuate the other spices. Thanks for your comment, the 5 star rating and the share.

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      Shampa Sadhya 

      5 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and useful!

      Seems to be quite good. Sharing!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Peggy, I've never tried pepper cookies so this will be an interesting try. They certainly do look very inviting.

      Voted up, gave 5 stars and sharing.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Deborah,

      Sweet and spicy...a great description for these pepper cookies. Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours & thanks for your comment. :))

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      Deborah Neyens 

      5 years ago from Iowa

      I love the combination of spicy and sweet. These sound great.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      It is amazing what the addition of pepper makes to cookie recipes. Your pepper ginger molasses cookie recipe sounds good also. Thanks for your comment and vote.

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      moonlake 

      5 years ago from America

      These sound good I love them in the heart shape. I have a pepper cookie I make to but they are pepper ginger molasses cookies. I love the taste of pepper in them. Voted up and pinned.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi pstraubie48,

      So happy to hear that you will be giving these pepper cookies a try. Naturally they can be cut into other shapes, but the hearts are perfect for Valentine's Day. Enjoy!

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning Peggy

      These are gorgeous...perfectly little hearts that promise so much flavor. I am bookmarking these, my Friend, so that I can add them to my recipe files.

      Thank you for sharing this novel recipe...

      Sending you many Angels this morning...:) ps

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello michyoung,

      So glad that you enjoyed reading about this pepper cookie recipe that was heart shaped just because of the cookie cutter that I had. It obviously can be shaped into any number of different shapes. Thanks for your comment.

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      michyoung 

      5 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      Love cookies. I had a great time reading your hub. Keep posting :)

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gus,

      Even if you don't get several dozen in the mail in a timely manner (smile) wishing you an upcoming Happy Valentine's Day. Perhaps you can break out your baking supplies and make some of these pepper cookies for yourself. That way you KNOW that they will be there when you wish to indulge. :))

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      Gustave Kilthau 

      5 years ago from USA

      Howdy Peggy (Peggy W -

      You can send several dozen on over here. Pepper in the recipe is what makes it for me. Good show, Peggy.

      Gus :-)))

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      You don't really taste the pepper...just the spices which seem to be accentuated in this pepper cookie recipe. Give them a try. I think that you will really like them. Thanks for your comment, vote + share.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Well, I can't imagine adding pepper to cookies, but if you say so, I'll trust you because all of your cookie recipes I have tried are wonderful.

      I'm bookmarking this one so I can try these out.

      Voted UP, etc. and shared.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi vespawoolf,

      The pepper in these cookies just seems to accentuate the other spices and flavors. It is a really good cookie and not overly sweet. Thanks for your comment.

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      vespawoolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Just the name is intriguing! Can't wait to try these cookies. I like the idea of spicy but not overly sweet. I love it when you share your family recipes with us. : )

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      You are right. Now that we are past Christmas and soon the new year will begin...Valentine's Day will be knocking on the door sooner than we think. The older I get I could swear that the clock is speeding up. Ha! Glad that you like the sound of these cookies. Appreciate all of your accolades & especially the sharing of this hub. Thanks!

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      Valentine's Day will be here before you know it! I can't believe Christmas is already past -- but we still have our Christmas snow here in North Texas.

      Cookies are a great idea for a Valentine's Day gift, and your recipe looks perfect. I like the heart shaped flower wreath too.

      Voted you up, useful, and awesome as always! Will share. Oh, & added a star too!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      These pepper cookies can be cut as large or as small as the cookie cutters you have or purchase. So obviously if cut larger, you could write messages on them with frosting. Nice idea! Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      About how big are these treats? I'm wondering if there's enough space to write some words on it. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ann,

      If you mean spicy because of the black pepper, they are not that. I think that the pepper just accentuates the other spices such as the cinnamon, ginger and cloves in this cookie. Glad that you liked them. Thanks for your comment. (The first time I saw the recipe, I also thought that the pepper would make more of a statement).

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      anndavis25 

      6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Hi Peggy. Well, I tried the recipe. I expected it to be spicy when I was mixing them in the flour. But they were very mild tasting. A good cookie, I especially think I'd like them in the fall. The spices remind me of Halloween and Christmas.

      Good!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi again Rochelle,

      That would be quite a difference because with the corn syrup these pepper cookies turn out to be quite crisp and seem to stay that way. I figured that was a typo on your part...that, or I did not know what a "heat" cutter was...possibly some new fangled kitchen appliance. Ha!

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      Rochelle Frank 

      6 years ago from California Gold Country

      They are probably a little softer in texture than the corn syrup ones-- and I DID mean to say "heart" cutter-- not heat.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rochelle,

      Thanks for letting me know how the substitution of the molasses for corn syrup worked out in making these cookies for Valentine's Day. Wishing you a very Happy Valentine's Day! I just may try some molasses the next time.

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      Rochelle Frank 

      6 years ago from California Gold Country

      Ok it's Valentine's Day, and since I do have a nice old heat cutter I made some of these and did use molasses instead of corn syrup. It does make the cookies darker, which in turn made it a little harder to see if they are done. It took about 7 oven minutes for me, which may have had something to do with the molasses. (Also I am at 3200 ft altitude, so everything baked is usually at the max length of time recommended.)

      I'm sure the ingredient change made them taste a little different than yours, but they are very good. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ann,

      I think that the pepper just intensifies the overall spicyness of the cookies without being too intense. Hope you enjoy and looking forward to your report after baking and tasting them. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Just Ask Susan,

      Hope that these cookies are similar to the ones you remember from your grandmother. That would be so nice! Thanks for your comment and looking forward to your response after baking them.

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      anndavis25 

      6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Pepper just sounds funny. But out of curiosity, I'm baking them. Then I'll be in touch.

      Hi Peggy! Happy Valentines.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jessi10,

      Enjoy these sweatheart shaped cookies (assuming you have a heart shaped cookie cutter) on Valentines Day and then cut them any other shape year round. Thanks for your comment and share.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rochelle,

      If you used molasses instead of corn syrup it would probably be a different flavored cookie entirely since molasses is much stronger flavored than corn syrup. But it might be good! The cookie would also be much darker in color. If you do try it, please let me know how it turned out. Molasses would be a healthier alternative to the corn syrup. Thanks for your comment.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This sounds really familiar to a cookie that my grandmother used to make. I've been searching for the recipe and have never found it. I look forward to making these cookies and if they're close to the one's that I'm looking for I'll come back to let you know. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Jessica Rangel 

      6 years ago from Lancaster, CA

      I loved those cookies. So great. I have such a sweet tooth and this is the perfect thing to share on Valentines day! Voted up and sharing!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi AliciaC,

      I think that you will be pleased with these tasty cookies for Valentine's Day and all year long. Just cut them into any shape desired. Thanks for your comment.

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      Rochelle Frank 

      6 years ago from California Gold Country

      These sound really good. I usually don't use corn syrup-- do you think molasses would work, or would it overwhelm the spices?

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love ginger and spice cookies. I've never made cookies with pepper in them, but your recipe sounds intriguing and I'm going to try it! The cookies would be a great Valentine's Day gift, or a lovely treat for any time.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi SanneL,

      These pepper cookies would be great on a year round basis. The only cookie cutters that I had were heart shaped....thus the Valentines Day theme. Ha! They are thin cookies, spicy and not too sweet. Would be great with your cups of tea! Thanks for your comment.

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      SanneL 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      I love this lovely hub and I love cookies. I think the pepper makes an interesting addition to the other spices. I'll definitely have to try these out.

      Thanks for sharing this recipe with us. However, I think I'll enjoy them all year round.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello acaetnna,

      Hope you enjoy these sweetheart heart shaped (or any other shape you desire) cookies. They are good anytime of year. Let me know if you like them after baking them, OK? Thanks for the comment.

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      acaetnna 

      7 years ago from Guildford

      I love cookies and will try this recipe. Great hub.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Glemoh101,

      I'd be happy to give you a sweetheart heart shaped cookie for Valentines Day if you are ever in the neighborhood. Would have to bake more, however, as they were all given out as gifts with the Christmas cookie assortment. :-)

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      Glemoh101 

      7 years ago

      I like this , can you give me piece of it!!!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello ariasnote,

      Are you going to make your own sweetheart heart shaped cookies for Valentine's Day this year? If you do, I am fairly certain that you will want to keep this recipe for year round baking. Thanks for the comment.

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      ariasnote 

      7 years ago

      Cool, I love cookies and Valentines Day! : ) Thanks for the recipe too! You've really done your homework and put a lot of effort into this one.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello sirrot,

      The pepper just adds a punch to the other spices in this sweetheart heart shaped pepper cookie recipe for valentines day or anytime one wishes to bake a special gift. Happy to be able to share this recipe.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hello, hello,

      You are most welcome. Hope that you give these sweetheart heart shaped cookies a try when Valentines Day gifts are being considered. Or...bake them for yourself! You are a sweetheart! :-)

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      A real lovely idea and thank you for sharing this recipe.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      Happy to hear that you enjoyed these heart shaped pepper cookies. They are good as you now know after having tasted them. Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi susannah42,

      Give these Sweetheart heart shaped cookies a try for Valentines day gifts and I am sure you will be pleased. After you taste them I am sure you will include them into your year long baking efforts whether for Christmas or other occasions. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello SteveoMc,

      Sounds like you would have great fun making these heart shaped cookies for Valentines Day gifts for your granddaughter's classmates. Decorating them would add another dimension in color and flair to these Valentine cookies. Good luck and let me know how it turns out. At the least your granddaughter and you will have some fun. :-)

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