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Cocoa Fudge Cookie with Pepper

Chocolate Fudge Pepper Cookies

This recipe is a dense, cake-like cookie that has the fudginess of a brownie with a slight kick of a savory aftertaste.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Chocolate Fudge Pepper Cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 91 kcal
Author Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net


  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • cup brown sugar, packed
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl sift flour, baking soda, pepper, salt, and cocoa. Set aside.

  3. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. (You will be adding the flour mixture to it later so it needs to be big enough to accommodate all ingredients.)

  4. Remove pan from heat and stir in both sugars. The mixture should resemble coarse sand.

  5. Add in sour cream and vanilla to sugar mixture and stir to combine.
  6. Add in flour mixture and stir until fully incorporated.
  7. Drop heaping tablespoons onto the lined baking sheet at least 2 inches apart. (Using a small ice cream scoop or measuring cup is a good way to ensure consistency.)

  8. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the tops appear slightly cracked. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool to room temperature.

  9. Serve with red wine.