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I found this recipe ages ago in a newspaper and have had fun with it over the years. No one can guess the "secret" ingredient.
About 4 Dozen
Cream the butter (or Crisco), sugar, and vanilla until light and creamy.
Combine the flour, baking powder, and spices. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk. It may be a bit stiff.
Shape into small balls, or drop from a teaspoon, onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 12-15 minutes. Cool on rack.
12 minutes is preferable for a softer cookie.
The amount of pepper is adjustable to taste, but do not leave it out. It really is a subtle touch. Try it first, before adjusting the spices, and you will be surprised.
This recipe was provided by Susan Rieder from Milwaukee.