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[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

A molasses cookie ($2) at heart, Bluebird Coffee Shop in the East Village gives this number a little twist with bits of candied ginger and pepper. Pepper? Oh yes, that's white pepper to be exact, and plenty of it. Heat slowly creeps through with every bite and it lingers, calm and mellow. The cookie is crisp at the edges and delightfully chewy as you near the center. Big sugar crystals ensure plenty of sweet crackly crunch throughout.

Bluebird Coffee Shop

72 East 1st Street, New York, NY 10003 (at 1st Ave; map)

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