The texture is of these cookies is more like an oatmeal cookie, neither dry or soft, but definitely not gooey. They don't leave messy hands or telltale powder marks when you eat them.
Keyword: Christmas, cookies
Skill Level: Intermediate
2-1/2cupsall purpose flour
1-1/2teaspoonsfreshly ground black pepper
1/2cupdry red wine
1egglightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and pepper. Make a well in the center and add the vegetable oil and wine. Mix thoroughly and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
To form the biscuits, pinch off 1-inch balls of dough and gently roll into a small log about 1/2-inch in diameter. Bring the ends together to form a circle and pinch to close.
Place the formed biscuits on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush with the egg-water mixture. Bake for 12 to 18 minutes until solid and slightly crisp on the outside. Note: These cookies do not really brown, so test them after 12 minutes and time them according to your personal taste.
Cool on wire racks and store in an airtight container.