Joseph De Leo
Hands-On Time
10 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 20 Mins
Makes 20 cookies

How to Make It

Step 1

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, pepper, and ½ cup of the cocoa in a medium bowl; set aside.

Step 2

In a separate bowl, beat the brown sugar, butter, and shortening with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the egg, molasses, and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined (do not overmix).

Step 3

Heat oven to 350° F with the racks in the upper and lower thirds. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Whisk together the turbinado sugar and remaining tablespoon of cocoa in a small bowl.

Step 4

Roll 2 tablespoonfuls of the dough into balls; roll in the cocoa sugar. Place on prepared baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Gently tap the tops of the cookies to flatten slightly (they should be about 1 inch thick).

Step 5

Bake, in batches, rotating the sheets halfway through, until the edges are just firm and the cookies are cracked on top, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Chef's Notes


Storage suggestion: Keep the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.


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