Paprika Snaps (Vegan, I think)

These were inspired by the question "What kind of cookies do we bribe Steven Brust [author, Hungarian, fond of hot food] with to get him to write more quickly?" I brought a batch to the next SF convention in his neighborhood. Be warned: with appropriately hot paprika (perhaps fortified with a bit of cayenne), these cookies can bite back. The first one feels pleasantly tingly on the tongue. The second one feels distinctly warm. With the third, things start getting hot but by then it's too late.

Bright orange cookies get a peculiar reaction from people.

(Recipe modified by Joel Polowin from "Crisp Ginger Cookies" recipe in Woman's Day Encyclopedia of Cookery, Vol. 10, pg. 34)

1/2 cup soft butter or margarine
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour (plus extra flour for rolling)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
6 tbsp hot paprika, or to taste

Cream butter; add sugars; beat until light. Add corn syrup; mix well. Add sifted dry ingredients and knead until smooth. Chill until firm.

Roll out on lightly floured board to less than 1/8" thickness. Cut with floured cutter. Bake on greased cookie sheet in preheated 350°F. oven about 8 minutes. Makes about 5 dozen, depending on cookie size.

Store airtight.

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