Brown Sugar Shortbread with Cracked Pepper and Sea Salt

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Brown Sugar Shortbread with Cracked Pepper and Sea Salt

Butter and sugar are two of the best ingredients in the world, in my humble opinion. While admittedly you can’t use them in everything its sometimes worth a try.  Putting butter and sugar  together is the beginning of something beautiful.  Adding salt and pepper to it is just fun.

9 oz. brown sugar

3 sticks softened unsalted butter

18 oz. all purpose flour

pinch of salt

Sea salt, Demerara sugar and cracked pepper for sprinkling

Cream butter and sugar together with a pinch of salt.  Slowly incorporate the flour, this is a very dry dough.  Divide dough in half and roll into cylinders.  Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for an hour.  The dough in now ready to slice.

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Using a serrated knife, slice the dough into 1/4 inch coins.  Lay the cookies onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Sprinkle a small amount of sea salt, Demerara sugar and pepper onto each cookie.

Bake at 390 degrees for 12-15 minutes, allow the cookies to cool on sheet, and then transfer to cooling rack.

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