Molasses, ginger, spices, and pepper (of all things!) take these regular molasses cookies up a notch. The texture and flavor are perfection.
Cream together butter, sugar, and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the molasses and mix thoroughly. Lightly beat egg and add to the mixture, blending well.
Sift flour and spices, salt, baking soda, and pepper together in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add these dry ingredients to the first mixture, and mix well. Chill the dough for a bit if you have time.
Preheat the oven to 350. Line cooking sheets with parchment paper. Pour 1/2 c sugar in a shallow dish. Roll dough into half inch balls and roll each ball in the sugar to coat. Place rolled dough on the parchment paper leaving 2 inches between each.
Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 3-5 minutes and then quickly remove to a cooling rack.