Good Idea: Add Black Pepper to Chocolate Cookies

December  1, 2015

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.

These are some moody cookies. Photo by Linda Xiao

"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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Louise F. July 12, 2020
I agree with Sacha. This is a great compendium, I think Crunchies, Hertzoggies or Coffee cookies would suit South Africa much better.
sacha December 8, 2015
As a South African i have never ever come across or heard of these cookies. They sound tasty.
Louise F. July 12, 2020
This South African agrees.