I know, I know, we’re all still reeling from the sugar overload of Christmas, but these Spicy Filled Cookies aren’t like the usual holiday sweets; they’re more like, well, actual food. Spicy, delicious spicy/sweet actual food.
They’re a little more complicated than regular cookies, but well worth the effort.
2 1/4 cups pepper jelly, any flavor. Mix it up!
6 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup white sugar (Do not use a substitute)
1 teaspoon salt (Again, no substitutes!)
1 cup milk (skim milk is fine) (canned milk is fine, too.)
1 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup powdered sugar
What to do:
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Then add the eggs, milk, and oil. Knead the dough well until it’s a good consistency for rolling.
Divide the dough into six parts, and roll each part into a rectangle of about 1/8 inch thickness . Spread pepper jelly evenly and thickly onto the dough rectangle.
Now, fold the dough lengthwise into the center, and fold the other side slightly past the center, and press the seam lightly. Pinch ends – like crimping pie crust – to close the seam securely. You’ll think your cookie looks a lot like an unbaked loaf of bread. Using a spatula or pancake turner, lift the loaf carefully and put it on a lightly greased cookie sheet with the seam on the bottom.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 18 minutes (If it doesn’t seem “done,” let it bake for another two or three minutes) Allow to cool, and then cut crosswise slices about an inch thick.
Glaze the cookies with lemon juice and powdered sugar. This might seem like an odd combination, but it works.
Stand back. Enjoy. There will be no leftovers.