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1 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
1⁄2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1⁄4 tsp. baking soda
1⁄4 tsp. <em>each</em> ground black pepper, ground clove, ground nutmeg, ground allspice
1⁄4 cup unsalted butter
1⁄2 cup packed brown sugar
1⁄4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg yolk
1⁄4 cup molasses
1 Tbsp. water
1⁄4 cup ground pecans
Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and spices; set aside.
Beat butter with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Beat in brown sugar and granulated sugar, creaming until smooth.
Beat in egg yolk, molasses, and water; beat smooth.
Gradually beat in flour mixture and pecans; batter will be thick. Working on a lightly floured surface with a small amount of dough at a time (about 2 Tbsp.), roll dough into a pencil shape. Using floured kitchen shears, snip dough into1/8- to 1/4-inch pieces onto a greased baking sheet. Bake cookies in a 350° oven until brown and crisp, about 8-10 minutes.
Per 6 cookies: 19 calories; 1g total fat; 3g carb.; 4mg sodium; 3 cholesterol; 2 sugars