December 17, 2016 Kimberlie


Peppercorn Shortbread, The Finer Cookie.

Shortbreads with four varieties of peppercorn sits deep within the niche of The Finer Cookie. The confectioners’ sugar makes these shortbreads crumble and dissolve in your mouth. You'll notice the sweetness first, then you'll feel the pepper approaching, poking you for another bite. Don’t be afraid. They are gorgeous with a cold drink and you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried these shortbreads before.

Today, I am joined by a group of talented bloggers from the Sunday Supper Movement in participation with Spice is Nice and Some Like it Hot event. Below you'll find a collection of delicious spicy and hot recipes. I’m very proud to contribute this Peppercorn Shortbread recipe to this event.

BTW, I've adapted this recipe slightly from one that I found on Martha Stewart's site. Get the original recipe here.

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  • Preheat oven to 300ºF degrees, with rack in center.
  • Lightly butter a 10-inch springform pan, and set aside.
  • Cut a piece of parchment to fit the bottom of the springform pan and butter it too. Set aside.
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    Preparing the springform pan.

  • Stir together flour, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of each ground peppercorn; set aside.
  • Put butter and confectioners' sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment,
  • Crush the 4 peppers and set aside 1 tsp into a smaller bowl.
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    Crushing the 4 different peppercorns.

  • Mix the 2 tbsp of sugar into the 1 tsp of peppers.
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    Mixing sugar into the remaining pepper.

  • Combine the flour, salt and remaining 2 tsp ground pepper in a separate bowl and set aside.
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    The flour mixture.


  • Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, on medium speed, beat the butter and powdered sugar until fluffy and very light in colour, about 2 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
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    Creamed butter and confectioners sugar.

  • Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture until all the dry particles have disappeared.
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    Finished shortbread dough in the prepared pan.

  • Using a small offset spatula, spread dough evenly into prepared pan, smoothing the top.
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    Smoothed shortbread dough in the prepared pan.


  • Bake at 300ºF until shortbread is golden brown, about 1 hour and 10 or 20 minutes.
  • Transfer pan to a wire rack.


  • Immediately sprinkle with granulated sugar and reserved 1/4 teaspoon of each ground peppercorn.
  • Remove springform; let shortbread cool completely.
  • Cut into wedges.
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    The shortbread out of the pan and cooling.

  • peppercorn shortbreads the finer cookie

    Peppercorn Shortbread, The Finer Cookie.


  1. Renee 4 months ago

    A glass of milk? I’d make these to kick off a cocktail party.

  2. This sounds amazing. I’ve used peppercorns in pumpkin bread and it was awesome, so I know this recipe must be good!

  3. Sarah Ozimek 4 months ago

    I recently discovered black pepper in shortbread and fell in love! Yours look wonderful!

  4. Monica 4 months ago

    This looks amazing…your photos are gorgeous! I can’t wait to try this…

    • Author
      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      I hope you do try them. They’re delicious.

  5. Maria 4 months ago

    Another home run Kim! Very creative… love the flavor combinations. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Author
      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      Thank you Maria!

  6. This sounds SO tasty! I would love these for a movie night at home when I crave something savory and sweet! Great recipe 🙂

    • Author
      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      Movie night! Cookies for Movie Night! Love it. Thanks for visiting and leaving your comment.

  7. Rick 4 months ago

    I can vouch for the taste! I think I ate them all.

    • Author
      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      You did. I watched.

  8. Denies Wright 4 months ago

    I love this idea! Well first of all I love anything you can call a cookie but I really like the different types of peppercorns. Crushed black pepper has a great taste on it’s own and I bet with the sweetness it’s unbelievable. Can’t wait to try it….(thought I’m a lousy baker).

    • Author
      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      Thanks Denies! This is unbelievably delicious, and trust me, it’s a very easy cookie to make. Basic ingredients, no fancy equipment. You’ve got what it takes. The photo tutorial will help guide you, and remember you can always contact me if you get stuck. I’m always available.

  9. Caroline 4 months ago

    What a fun idea – look great!

    • Author
      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      Thanks Caroline. They are as delicious as they look! If you like sweet hot, then you won’t be disappointed.

  10. Liz Berg 4 months ago

    So pretty with all the different colors of peppercorns! And such a fun idea, too!

    • Author
      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      Thank you Liz! Thanks for stopping by.

  11. shelby 4 months ago

    This is a great combination! I love a buttery shortbread and the peppercorns are a great addition to give them a little kick!

    • Author
      Kimberlie 4 months ago

      Yes Shelby. The kick sneaks up on you slowly. Then you want another bite!

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