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Text and recipe from Where Flavor Was Born by Andreas Viestad (Chronicle, 2007).
"I grew addicted to chocolate pepper cookies when I was staying in Cape Town while writing this book. The addition of a generous amount of coarsely ground black pepper gives the cookies real attitude and a nice peppery flavor: At the same time, the pepper also works as a flavor enhancer, so the cookies actually taste more chocolatey.
"The secret is to find the right balance between sweet chocolate and pungent pepper. I like the cookies rather on the peppery side. Start by adding a little pepper and make one small batch to sample, then add more pepper to taste."
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- 1 pound bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped and divided
- 12 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper