A Fall Cookie Recipe & More from Janice Alida Joseph

Grandlife guide

A Fall Cookie Recipe & More from Janice Alida Joseph

back to list

For those yet to sample one of Janice Alida Joseph’s cookies—here’s your introduction to a taste explosion like no other. The model-baker has cookie-making down to a fine art and isn’t afraid to get creative, often incorporating unexpected ingredients into her recipes. Here, Alida Joseph shares her delicious black pepper cookie recipe alongside some of her favorite local spots to satiate that sweet tooth. 

What are your favorite ingredients to bake with?

Janice Alida Joseph: Brown sugar and almond extract.

Strangest ingredient you’ve ever included in a cookie recipe?

JAJ: Black pepper.

Can you tell us some of your favorite spots to pick up something freshly baked? What do you order there?

JAJ: My number one is the DKA pastry at Dominique Ansel on Spring Street. I love Breads Bakery or Balthazar for a great cinnamon roll. The banana bread with espresso mascarpone at Two Hands on Church Street is delicious and savory. And then to really indulge, a slice of Hummingbird Cake at Magnolia Bakery is a dream.

Favorite downtown spot for cookies? What’s your go-to cookie there?

JAJ: A warmed-up gingersnap cookie at Dean & Deluca is perfect.

Where can we find the best black-and-white cookie in New York?

JAJ: In my kitchen.

Favorite restaurant for dessert? What makes it so damn good?

JAJ: Raoul’s on Prince Street for a special occasion. They do this beautiful spun-sugar dome over whichever dessert you choose—I love the banana bread pudding—which you crack open with the back of your spoon. It’s exquisite, and such a memorable experience.

Black Pepper Cookie 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 large egg, room temperature

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Fresh ground pepper for dusting

Method:

Beat together the butter and brown sugar well—about 2 minutes

Add the egg and vanilla and beat together well—about 4 min

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, nutmeg, and cloves. Add this to the butter mixture, until just combined

Chill dough for at least 1 hour

Set oven to 400 F

Take small scoops of chilled dough, roll into balls 1-2”, and flatten them slightly. Sprinkle the tops with fresh ground pepper, very lightly

Bake 6-7 min or until cookies are just beginning to brown

PHOTOGRAPHY Sharon Radisch 

You May Also Like

The Best NYC Restaurants Dishin' Out Thanksgiving

The Best NYC Restaurants Dishin' Out Thanksgiving

food & drink
music
now open
restaurants
stories
We rounded up a list of delicious Thanksgiving dinners being offered by some of the best restaurants in the city to make celebrating this year feel like home. 
Sweet Life: NYC’S Finest Pancakes

Sweet Life: NYC’S Finest Pancakes

food & drink
restaurants
stories
What’s more simple, sweet, and satisfying than a morning stack of pancakes? We roundup four spots across New York serving up some of the city’s finest.
New York Slice: The Definitive Guide to Pizza

New York Slice: The Definitive Guide to Pizza

food & drink
stories
Welcome to New York City, a hotly debated pizza town famed for those massive foldable slices and tasty artisanal pies.
Famed Photo Walls of NY

Famed Photo Walls of NY

bars & nightlife
entertainment
restaurants
stories
We line up four of the best, most star-studded photo walls in downtown NYC.
Weekends in Tribeca

Weekends in Tribeca

art & design
stories
The best of Tribeca, morning, noon, and night.
Paige Powell Andy Warhol Basquiet Bill Cunningham John Lennon Bob Gruen Ken Schles New York 80s Allan Tannenbaum Walt Cassidy

New York-Centric Coffee Table Books

art & design
stories
From revelrous art world celebrities to late-night voyeurism: The photo books that pay homage to our immensely photographic city.
Catskills Guide Upstate New York Phoenicia Diner

Top Picks for a Fall Getaway

travel
stories
It’s time to start planning your fall getaway, and we’re here to help.
St Mazie, Bemelmans Bar, new york bars, cocktails, Lucien, Dante, Grand Banks

Local Go-Tos with Maxwell Britten, Tali Lennox, Zackery Michael & Others

bars & nightlife
stories
We asked friends of GrandLife to share their neighborhood spot for drinks and what they order when they go. Here’s what they told us…
Best Rate Promise
Soho Grand Hotel

310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

(212) 965-3000
The Roxy Hotel Tribeca

2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

212.519.6600