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Sugar-Coated Gingerbread Twists

Makes 2 dozen
Time 2 hr 50 min
The secret ingredient in these elegant gingerbread cookies is freshly ground black pepper. It adds just enough flavor without making them too spicy for children. Little hands will come in handy for the twisting, so make room for the kids.
Special Diets:
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons turbinado sugar
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Method

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, pepper and salt; set aside.

In a second large bowl, beat brown sugar and butter together with an electric mixer for 1 minute.

Add 1 egg and vanilla and beat for 30 seconds more.

Add flour mixture in two parts, beating just until combined after each addition.

Form dough into two 6-inch discs, wrap each tightly with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Whisk remaining egg and 1 tablespoon water together in a small bowl to make an egg wash; set aside.

Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Cut one disc of dough into 24 equal wedges; leave remaining dough in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Roll each wedge of dough into a small ball, then into a 5-inch long rope on a lightly floured surface.

Twist two ropes together to form each cookie, then transfer to prepared baking sheet.

Repeat process with remaining dough then brush egg wash onto each twist and generously sprinkle turbinado sugar over the tops.

Bake cookies until puffed and just golden brown, 14 to 16 minutes. Set aside to let cool then serve.

Note: We've provided special diet and nutritional information for educational purposes. But remember - we're cooks, not doctors! You should follow the advice of your health-care provider. And since product formulations change, check product labels for the most recent ingredient information.
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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons turbinado sugar
Shop with Prime

Exclusively for Prime members in select ZIP codes.