Hot Lips Cookies Recipe

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I love recipes with contrasting flavors—like these sweet refrigerator cookies with a subtle "kick" from Cayenne. —Gena Stout, Ravenden, AR
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:84 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 84 servings


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped cashews

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 72 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 32mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cayenne and pepper; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in cashews (dough will be crumbly). Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  2. Shape into four 8-in. logs; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour longer or until firm.
  3. Unwrap dough; gently cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 325° for 12-16 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 7 dozen.
Originally published as Hot Lips Cookies in Country Woman August/September 2009, p6

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