12 Days of Cookies: The Spiciest Gingerbread Cookies Ever

These chewy cookies pack a pleasing punch.
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Food Network Kitchen's The Spiciest Gingerbread Cookies Ever for THE ULTIMATE FRIENDSGIVING/12 DAYS OF COOKIES/LAST-MINUTE SIDES, as seen on Food Network

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It’s that time again — Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap is here! Follow along over the next few days as we offer up a baker’s dozen new cookie recipes. The stars of The Kitchen and the chefs in Food Network Kitchen (our bustling test kitchen) have some ideas that are bound to make it into your annual rotation. Stock up on flour and sugar — you’re gonna need 'em.

Here’s proof that gingerbread can be comforting and surprising. Our new twist on the classic has everything you love in traditional gingerbread: molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg and (of course) ginger. But we’ve also added some cayenne and black pepper to give the cookie a little extra bite. The lingering heat is unexpected but pleasant — expect your platter to empty fast.

Get the recipe for Food Network Kitchen's Spiciest Gingerbread Cookies Ever (and watch how to make them below), and then click over to 12 Days of Cookies for dozens (and dozens!) more ideas for your holiday baking extravaganza.

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Cayenne, allspice and pepper result in a complex, lingering heat.
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