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Heart-Shaped Pepper Cookies for Valentine's Day or Anytime

I grew up watching and helping my mother make homemade cookies. They were always in our school lunch boxes. Here, I share some family faves.

Heart-shaped pepper cookies, perfect for Valentine's Day

Heart-shaped pepper cookies, perfect for Valentine's Day

Pepper Cookies as Holiday Gifts

Are you struggling to figure out what to give your sweetheart as a Valentine's Day gift? Of course, you could give your loved one sparkling diamonds or heart-shaped chocolates and dozens of long-stemmed roses. But if your budget is not large and you would like to show him or her that you put some personal time and effort into making a gift rather than just selecting it, why not create some homemade heart-shaped cookies this year?

These cookies are not just for Valentine's Day—the dough can easily be cut into other shapes that are appropriate for any holiday. For instance, you could make them star-shaped for Christmas, shamrock-shaped for St. Patrick's Day, or egg-shaped for Easter. Since I discovered this recipe among my mother's recipe cards, it has become part of my regular holiday cookie mix. I make these for Christmas and other holidays as well. Everybody seems to like them.

Swans in a love pose

Swans in a love pose

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup (light corn syrup works just as well, but the color of the cookie becomes darker with dark corn syrup)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar (I use plain old apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

What we particularly like about this recipe is that the cookies are delectable and spicy but not overly sweet. They can be made well ahead of time and are thin and crisp. They also freeze well. The black pepper seems to accentuate the other spices.

Directions

  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the sugar, corn syrup, and vinegar. Bring just to a boil and remove the mixture from the heat and cool to room temperature. Stir in the egg.
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients and stir into the wet mixture until it is well combined.
  3. At this point, cover it and chill it for several hours in the refrigerator or even overnight.
  4. Divide this chilled dough into at least 4 portions and keep the parts chilled until ready to roll out.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough making it very thin (1/8 of an inch or even less).
  6. Cut into whatever shape you wish with cookie cutters and put them onto a greased cookie sheet. I use Pam spray on the cookie sheets, and it seems to work well.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 4 or 5 minutes. Watch carefully and remove once the cookies are barely brown around the edges.
  8. Transfer the cookies to a rack until cooled, then store in covered containers.

This recipe makes about 120 two-inch cookies. Enjoy!

Heart-shaped pepper cookies

Heart-shaped pepper cookies

Cute Video of a Child Assisting His Mother in Cutting Out Cookies.

Cookies as Gifts

Tins of all types of holiday cookies are sold each year, and baking cookies during particular seasons of the year is traditional for many people. My mother always had homemade cookies available in the cookie jar when I was growing up, and most often they made it into our school lunch boxes as a sweet treat along with our sandwich, piece of fruit, and thermos of milk.

For many years now and with my mother's help (when she was alive), I have baked many different batches of cookies to be given away as gifts during the Christmas season. My mother and I also baked homemade cookies for various occasions for the people at the Ronald McDonald House in Houston. For those of you who may not know, families of ill children undergoing treatment for grave diseases (most often but not exclusively cancer) get to stay in this homey atmosphere for extended periods.

The heart-shaped cookie cutters that I possess were purchased to create a platter of cookies for an art gallery during Valentine's Day one year that featured my art as well as other artists' work. Ever since that Valentine's Day and since discovering this recipe, I have used these particular cookie cutters for other gift-giving occasions as well. They look pretty mixed in with an assortment of other homemade cookies.

Heart-shaped cookies can be a sweet gift idea for any time of year for the sweetheart that makes your heart go pitter-patter as well as other friends and acquaintances.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2020:

Hi Chitrangada,

So happy to be able to share this recipe with you. Happy Valentines's Day to you too!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 13, 2020:

These sound delicious and just right for the Valentine’s Day.

Home baked cookies and cakes are the best.

Thanks for sharing this well written, illustrated and well presented article. Would try it, for sure.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 07, 2020:

Hi C E Clark,

These Valentine-shaped cookies would make a great and inexpensive gift. Thanks for relating the story of your cookie gift to a boyfriend who eventually became your husband. Valentine's Day is now only one week away!

C E Clark from North Texas on February 06, 2020:

Know I posted this on FB & AH just a few weeks ago, but Valentine's Day is one of those special days that people wait until the last minute to plan for, so I'm giving this quick easy recipe another bit of exposure in case someone is just now trying to think of something special to do for their family, or someone else special, on Valentine's Day, which is just one week from today!

A batch of these cookies would be a great gift for a boyfriend especially. I remember making a batch of chocolate chip cookies for my boyfriend when I was about 16. Inexpensive, and he loved them. We ended up getting married a couple of years later. I don't know if the cookies had anything to do with that or not . . . :)

Seems like the year only just started, and here we are, almost to the middle of February.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 27, 2020:

Hi Paul,

These pepper cookies are really tasty and can be made into any shape desired. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on January 26, 2020:

I cannot wait to make, taste, and eat these heart-shaped pepper cookies. The recipe seems so easy to follow. Thanks for sharing a very enjoyable article.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 18, 2020:

Hi C E Clark,

Yes, time certainly does march on whether we are ready for it or not. These pepper cookies freeze well so could be made ahead of Valentine's day or any day of your choosing. Hope that things are going well for you in north Texas.

C E Clark from North Texas on January 14, 2020:

Hard to believe Valentine's Day 2020 is just one month from today! Where does the time go??

Back to again post this article and its delicious recipe on AH & FB. Hope you and yours will enjoy a happy and peaceful Valentine's Day when it gets here. Take care . . .

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 25, 2019:

Hi Dale,

These are really tasty cookies. Glad you have room for one more cookie recipe. (Smile)

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on August 24, 2019:

I'm going to ask my wife if she wants me to make these for her. We are both cookie fans and we have an entire pantry dedicated to cookies right now but I think she will say we can fit a few more in there.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 11, 2019:

Hi Natalie,

These are delicious cookies. I hope that you enjoy them as much as we do.

Natalie Frank from Chicago, IL on February 10, 2019:

When I saw the title, Pepper Cookies, I had to see what they were all about. Vinegar and pepper in a cookie recipe - I'm curious enough to try them. Thanks for the interesting recipe.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 28, 2019:

Hi Audrey,

I am sure that you will really enjoy these cookies since you like thin and crispy ones. These have such great flavor as well.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on January 27, 2019:

I simply love thin and crispy cookies. Until now, I had no clue as to how to make them. They sound so delicious! Thanks, Peggy for sharing this delectable recipe.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 18, 2019:

Hi Ethel,

A good friend of ours gave us some of these cookies as a gift one time. We thought that they were so delicious that we then asked for the recipe. Happy to be able to share it with you.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on January 17, 2019:

These sound tasy Peggy and easy to make. Love the sound of that mix of spices

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 12, 2019:

Hi Rajan,

The pepper just seems to accentuate the other spices in this cookie. It does not taste like pepper. Hope you give this cookie recipe a try. It is really good.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 12, 2019:

I have never tried spicy cookies before and this one seems to be full of other spice flavors as well. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

Robert Sacchi on February 20, 2018:

Thank you.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 20, 2018:

Hi Robert,

This cookie could be cut out in many different shapes to suit just about any occasion. Hope you enjoy it!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 20, 2018:

Hi GlenR,

Happy to be of help. Because of your query I learned something about golden syrup which is similar to honey. Hope you like the cookies!

Robert Sacchi on February 19, 2018:

This is an interesting recipe. it would seem to fit many different occasions. I may just give it a try. Thank you.

Glen Rix from UK on February 19, 2018:

Thanks Peggy. I will try out the recipe with golden syrup next weekend

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 19, 2018:

Hi again GlenR,

According to epicurious online, your golden syrup can be swapped one for one with corn syrup.

Another source gave the measures for making your own corn syrup. You can make 1 cup of corn syrup by dissolving 1 1/4 cup of granulated sugar in 1/4 cup hot water. To make dark corn syrup...use 3/4 cup of your homemade light corn syrup and add 1/4 cup molasses to it.

Hope this helps!

Glen Rix from UK on February 19, 2018:

I did an online search on a couple of supermarket websites for corn syrup and it seems that it is only available online in the UK. It costs £4.50 ($6.30) plus postage so I guess I need to try to adapt the recipe. I am fired up to try biscuits with black pepper!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 19, 2018:

Hi GlenR,

By now you have probably found the same answers as I did when looking for substitutes for corn syrup. I had never heard of golden syrup so looked that up. It is more like honey according to what I found. Good luck with baking these delicious pepper cookies or biscuits as you call them. They are truly delicious!

Glen Rix from UK on February 19, 2018:

Hi Peggy. I like the idea of a cookie (we call them biscuits here in the UK if they are crisp) with a touch of black pepper. I would like to make some but I don’t know what corn syrup is. I wonder if it’s equivalent here is golden syrup. I will have to research.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2018:

Hi Jill,

These tasty cookies are not overly sweet which is also what we like. The plate belonged to my grandmother so it is definitely old. Thanks for your comment.

Jill Spencer from United States on February 12, 2018:

I love that these aren't overly sweet. They look lovely, too-- and I really like your plate! An antique?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 24, 2016:

Hi Audrey,

Yes pepper is included and surprisingly it does not taste at all like pepper. It just seems to accentuate the other flavors.

Audrey Howitt from California on February 24, 2016:

Oh I bet these are good--pepper huh???

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 15, 2016:

Hello ChitrangadaSharan,

Hope you give these cookies a try. They can be made in all sizes and shapes. Thanks for the Valentine wishes. Hope yours was a good one as well.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 15, 2016:

This is a great idea and I like the combination of ingredients . Would love to try this out any Sunday .

Hope you had a very enjoyable Valentine's day!

Thank you for sharing the details and helpful pictures!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2016:

Hi Paula,

Since you profess yourself to be a cookie monster...I am certain that you will enjoy this recipe. It is a winner!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2016:

Hi Au fait,

Happy Valentine's Day to you! Hope you are enjoying this weekend. The weather has really been nice the past few days and we have been outside enjoying it. Thanks for sharing my cookie recipe with others. The new website is still being loaded but the person helping me has been ill and I need her help getting it monetized and going "live." Will probably always have something on HubPages if for no other reason...so many have been copied and some are hard to get removed. Will also see how my own site does once launched and I can always write on HP if it is bringing in more money. Time will tell.

Suzie from Carson City on February 12, 2016:

Peggy....I am a bona-fide cookie monster. Could live on cookies! This recipe is definitely something different and one I will give a try! Thanks. Paula

C E Clark from North Texas on February 12, 2016:

Going to share this delicious recipe since Valentine's Day is only 3 days away. Who doesn't love some homemade cookies as a gift?

Hope you are well and that your new site is coming along well. Will you continue to write on HP? Hope you're enjoying the great weather we're having down in Houston, too. Take care . . .

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 12, 2016:

Hi Susie,

The cookies do not taste peppery but the pepper seems to somehow accentuate the other flavorings. It is a good cookie!

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on February 11, 2016:

Pepper Cookies? I bet that pepper is unique tasting in a cookie. I would love to sample one of those cookies. I'm not a cookie eater, but I do like to taste them. Once in awhile I will sit down and eat my fill of cookies with milk if I love them, and then I am done eating those cookies for several months...because I enjoyed my fill. - Cheers!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 20, 2015:

Hi Journey *,

All you need is a heart shaped cookie cutter or of course with a steady hand you could cut heart shapes out of the batter yourself. Glad you liked the idea! Happy upcoming Valentine's Day to you!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 19, 2015:

Hi peachpurple,

I am happy that you gave them a try and like them so much. We got this recipe from a Swedish friend and loved them the first time we tried them. She had different cut out designs and gave them to us for Christmas.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 19, 2015:

Hi Patsy,

So true! Making things in advance can allow you to better enjoy the actual day with less effort. These cookies keep nicely.

Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on January 18, 2015:

Hi Peggy W,

I hope you're doing well. I've never baked heart shaped cookies before and I think these are adorable. Thanks for sharing the idea!

Best,

Journey *

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 18, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

Yes, it is amazing how fast time flies! Glad you like the sound of this cookie. It is really tasty! Thanks for the share. It is finally warming up and the sun is shining...so all good here! :)

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 17, 2015:

I love cookies, yours are better than mine, voted delicious!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 17, 2015:

I love cookies, yours are better than mine, voted delicious!

Patsy Bell Hobson from zone 6a, SEMO on January 16, 2015:

Cookies are a good idea for Valentines. They can be made in advance to be a better surprise. Thanks for all the cookie ideas.

C E Clark from North Texas on January 16, 2015:

Valentine's Day isn't far off anymore. Hard to believe we were only just talking about Christmas and New Years and now it's going to be Valentine's Day in just about a month! These cookies would be a great gift or a great desert for a Valentine's party.

Warming up here a little for the next few days . . . :) Hope your weather is improving as well. Sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2014:

Hello Tashaonthetown,

Hope your office mates enjoy these cookies!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2014:

Hi Patricia,

Enjoy these good cookies whether made for Valentines or any other time of year. Thanks for the angels! Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 12, 2014:

Hi alexadry,

The small amount of pepper just seems to accentuate the other spices and flavors of this cookie recipe. Enjoy!

Natasha Pelati from South Africa on February 12, 2014:

Cookies are a great idea! must try the recipe for a coffee at the office!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 11, 2014:

Hi Rebecca,

This cookie is good year round! Hope you enjoy it! ☺

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 11, 2014:

Hi Mary,

Thanks for sharing this good cookie recipe. With different cut out designs it is a winner any time of the year! I also made some for Christmas this past year using appropriate cut out designs. Enjoy!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 07, 2014:

I don't remember if I commented but, please, pass the cookies...:D

I am bookmarking so I can make these, Peggy. Have a lovely weekend.

Angels are on the way ps

Adrienne Farricelli on February 02, 2014:

Never heard of pepper as an ingredient for cookies, I am always looking for recipes with new flavors.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on February 02, 2014:

Wow, what an awesome sounding cookie recipe! Thanks for sharing this!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on February 02, 2014:

With Valentine's Day approaching, I remembered this recipe so this time I will bookmark it so I don't lose it again. Voted UP and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 01, 2014:

Hi Eddy,

Glad you liked this. Wishing you a wonderful weekend also!

Eiddwen from Wales on February 01, 2014:

A brilliant hub Peggy and voted up. Here's wishing you a great weekend.

Eddy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 01, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

Yes January often goes by very quickly after all of the frenzy during the holidays. Valentine's Day is something that many people look forward to and enjoy. Wishing you a very happy 2014 year ahead. May it be everything you wish and even more. Thanks!

C E Clark from North Texas on January 01, 2014:

Now that Christmas and New Year's are past, Valentine's Day is next. I don't know about you, but January always seems to go by so quickly. Homemade cookies would seem to me like a really special gift, and without breaking the bank.

Voted up and useful and pinned to 'Awesome Hubpages.'

Hope you and your family had a wonderful New Year celebration and that every day in 2014 will bring happiness.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 29, 2013:

Hello Mostafa,

That is a good site to get additional recipes whether they be cookies or other types of food. Thanks!

Mostafa on August 28, 2013:

Sign up for Food Network's Annual Emailer Twelve Days of Cookies. They haven't started sednnig them yet, but will soon. They contain new and old favorites, photos, and detailed instructions. I love getting them.go to food network dot com to sign up.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 30, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

I had never heard of pepper cookies until a friend gave us some for a gift many years ago. They were an instant winner in our opinion! Thanks for your comment + the pin.

moonlake from America on April 30, 2013:

I like pepper cookies. Will pin this one to my cookie board.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 15, 2013:

Hello shampa sadhya,

Hope you enjoy these pepper cookies no matter how they are shaped. They are not just for Valentine's Day. Appreciate your comment, votes and the sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2013:

Hi Rajan,

These pepper cookies are just like other good flavored ones. The pepper seems to accentuate the other spices. Thanks for your comment, the 5 star rating and the share.

Shampa Sadhya from NEW DELHI, INDIA on February 14, 2013:

Voted up and useful!

Seems to be quite good. Sharing!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 14, 2013:

Peggy, I've never tried pepper cookies so this will be an interesting try. They certainly do look very inviting.

Voted up, gave 5 stars and sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 12, 2013:

Hi Deborah,

Sweet and spicy...a great description for these pepper cookies. Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours & thanks for your comment. :))

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on February 12, 2013:

I love the combination of spicy and sweet. These sound great.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 06, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

It is amazing what the addition of pepper makes to cookie recipes. Your pepper ginger molasses cookie recipe sounds good also. Thanks for your comment and vote.

moonlake from America on February 06, 2013:

These sound good I love them in the heart shape. I have a pepper cookie I make to but they are pepper ginger molasses cookies. I love the taste of pepper in them. Voted up and pinned.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 05, 2013:

Hi pstraubie48,

So happy to hear that you will be giving these pepper cookies a try. Naturally they can be cut into other shapes, but the hearts are perfect for Valentine's Day. Enjoy!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 05, 2013:

Good morning Peggy

These are gorgeous...perfectly little hearts that promise so much flavor. I am bookmarking these, my Friend, so that I can add them to my recipe files.

Thank you for sharing this novel recipe...

Sending you many Angels this morning...:) ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 01, 2013:

Hello michyoung,

So glad that you enjoyed reading about this pepper cookie recipe that was heart shaped just because of the cookie cutter that I had. It obviously can be shaped into any number of different shapes. Thanks for your comment.

michyoung from North Carolina, USA on February 01, 2013:

Love cookies. I had a great time reading your hub. Keep posting :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 01, 2013:

Hi Gus,

Even if you don't get several dozen in the mail in a timely manner (smile) wishing you an upcoming Happy Valentine's Day. Perhaps you can break out your baking supplies and make some of these pepper cookies for yourself. That way you KNOW that they will be there when you wish to indulge. :))

Gustave Kilthau from USA on February 01, 2013:

Howdy Peggy (Peggy W -

You can send several dozen on over here. Pepper in the recipe is what makes it for me. Good show, Peggy.

Gus :-)))

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 01, 2013:

Hi Mary,

You don't really taste the pepper...just the spices which seem to be accentuated in this pepper cookie recipe. Give them a try. I think that you will really like them. Thanks for your comment, vote + share.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on February 01, 2013:

Well, I can't imagine adding pepper to cookies, but if you say so, I'll trust you because all of your cookie recipes I have tried are wonderful.

I'm bookmarking this one so I can try these out.

Voted UP, etc. and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 01, 2013:

Hi vespawoolf,

The pepper in these cookies just seems to accentuate the other spices and flavors. It is a really good cookie and not overly sweet. Thanks for your comment.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on February 01, 2013:

Just the name is intriguing! Can't wait to try these cookies. I like the idea of spicy but not overly sweet. I love it when you share your family recipes with us. : )

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 27, 2012:

Hi Au fait,

You are right. Now that we are past Christmas and soon the new year will begin...Valentine's Day will be knocking on the door sooner than we think. The older I get I could swear that the clock is speeding up. Ha! Glad that you like the sound of these cookies. Appreciate all of your accolades & especially the sharing of this hub. Thanks!

C E Clark from North Texas on December 27, 2012:

Valentine's Day will be here before you know it! I can't believe Christmas is already past -- but we still have our Christmas snow here in North Texas.

Cookies are a great idea for a Valentine's Day gift, and your recipe looks perfect. I like the heart shaped flower wreath too.

Voted you up, useful, and awesome as always! Will share. Oh, & added a star too!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 16, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

These pepper cookies can be cut as large or as small as the cookie cutters you have or purchase. So obviously if cut larger, you could write messages on them with frosting. Nice idea! Thanks for your comment and votes.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on July 16, 2012:

About how big are these treats? I'm wondering if there's enough space to write some words on it. Voting this Up and Useful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 15, 2012:

Hi Ann,

If you mean spicy because of the black pepper, they are not that. I think that the pepper just accentuates the other spices such as the cinnamon, ginger and cloves in this cookie. Glad that you liked them. Thanks for your comment. (The first time I saw the recipe, I also thought that the pepper would make more of a statement).

anndavis25 from Clearwater, Fl. on February 15, 2012:

Hi Peggy. Well, I tried the recipe. I expected it to be spicy when I was mixing them in the flour. But they were very mild tasting. A good cookie, I especially think I'd like them in the fall. The spices remind me of Halloween and Christmas.

Good!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2012:

Hi again Rochelle,

That would be quite a difference because with the corn syrup these pepper cookies turn out to be quite crisp and seem to stay that way. I figured that was a typo on your part...that, or I did not know what a "heat" cutter was...possibly some new fangled kitchen appliance. Ha!

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on February 14, 2012:

They are probably a little softer in texture than the corn syrup ones-- and I DID mean to say "heart" cutter-- not heat.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2012:

Hi Rochelle,

Thanks for letting me know how the substitution of the molasses for corn syrup worked out in making these cookies for Valentine's Day. Wishing you a very Happy Valentine's Day! I just may try some molasses the next time.

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on February 14, 2012:

Ok it's Valentine's Day, and since I do have a nice old heat cutter I made some of these and did use molasses instead of corn syrup. It does make the cookies darker, which in turn made it a little harder to see if they are done. It took about 7 oven minutes for me, which may have had something to do with the molasses. (Also I am at 3200 ft altitude, so everything baked is usually at the max length of time recommended.)

I'm sure the ingredient change made them taste a little different than yours, but they are very good. Thanks for the inspiration.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 11, 2012:

Hi Ann,

I think that the pepper just intensifies the overall spicyness of the cookies without being too intense. Hope you enjoy and looking forward to your report after baking and tasting them. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 11, 2012:

Hi Just Ask Susan,

Hope that these cookies are similar to the ones you remember from your grandmother. That would be so nice! Thanks for your comment and looking forward to your response after baking them.

anndavis25 from Clearwater, Fl. on February 11, 2012:

Pepper just sounds funny. But out of curiosity, I'm baking them. Then I'll be in touch.

Hi Peggy! Happy Valentines.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 11, 2012:

Hi Jessi10,

Enjoy these sweatheart shaped cookies (assuming you have a heart shaped cookie cutter) on Valentines Day and then cut them any other shape year round. Thanks for your comment and share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 11, 2012:

Hi Rochelle,

If you used molasses instead of corn syrup it would probably be a different flavored cookie entirely since molasses is much stronger flavored than corn syrup. But it might be good! The cookie would also be much darker in color. If you do try it, please let me know how it turned out. Molasses would be a healthier alternative to the corn syrup. Thanks for your comment.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on February 11, 2012:

This sounds really familiar to a cookie that my grandmother used to make. I've been searching for the recipe and have never found it. I look forward to making these cookies and if they're close to the one's that I'm looking for I'll come back to let you know. Thanks for sharing this.