The first step in making this amazing dessert is to make the cookies that will form the crust!

You want to make these anywhere from 45 minutes — 3 days before making the filling!


▢ 7 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled until no longer warm to the touch.
▢ ½ cup granulated sugar
▢ ¼ cup dark brown sugar firmly packed
▢ ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
▢ 2 ¼ teaspoons ground ginger
▢ ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
▢ ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
▢ ⅛ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
▢ Pinch ground black pepper 1/16 teaspoon
▢ 2 Tablespoons unsulphured molasses it should say “unsulphered” on the label
▢ 1 large egg yolk
▢ 2 Tablespoons whole milk**
▢ 1 ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
▢ ½ teaspoon baking soda
▢ ½ teaspoon salt
▢ Additional granulated sugar for rolling( optional)


1. Preheat oven to 315F (155C).
2. Prepare sheet trays- either line with parchment paper or spray thoroughly.
3. In a large bowl, combine melted, cooled butter, sugars, vanilla extract, and spices (ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cayenne pepper, and black pepper). Stir well.
4. Add molasses, egg yolk, and milk and stir until completely combined.
5. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
6. Gradually stir dry ingredients into wet until completely combined.
7. Scoop cookie dough into 2-teaspoon-sized portions. Roll between your palms until smooth and then roll through granulated sugar*.
8. Transfer to prepared baking sheet, spacing cookies 2” apart.
Transfer to 315F (155C) oven and bake for 22 minutes.
9. Within a minute or two of cookies coming out of the oven, use the clean, flat, bottom of a glass to firmly press down on cookies to flatten.
10. Allow cookies to cool completely on baking sheet before enjoying. Once cooled they should be crisp and snappy (if the first batch isn’t crisp once cooled, bake subsequent batches for longer).

** I’ve also used almond and evaporated milk and all work.
Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 42mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 2mg

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