moda designer holiday blog hop

Remember Moda’s Country Fair theme from Spring 2011 Quilt Market which was carried through to a designer blog hop last September? At that Quilt Market, all Moda’s designers contributed a favorite recipe and a pattern for a quilt block. Shop owners could stop by each booth to collect the complete set.

Well, this week is your chance to stock up on holiday treat recipes and interesting quilt block patterns, because the Moda designers are sharing their creations with you on their blogs all week long. And today is my turn.

The recipe I contributed is one of my favorite cookie recipies. I found  it in a Martha Stewart magazine years ago, and I’ve loved it ever since. Don’t let the title turn you off. The black pepper in these cookies actually helps to intensify the flavor of the chocolate. S will run screaming from any dish that contains a noticeable amount of pepper, but I can’t keep her away from these cookies.


Chocolate Black Pepper Cookie Recipe


Taking off from the country fair theme, I designed a block I called the Ferris Wheel.


Ferris Wheel Quilt Block


Ferris Wheel Quilt Block


You can download a printable PDF of the recipe and the quilt block by following this link.

Be sure to stop by the other designers’ blogs this week to see what’s going on in their kitchens and sewing rooms this season. Here’s the complete lineup.

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  1. What a great cookie recipe! Thanks so much. And I love your block! I cannot wait to try both out.

    Thanks so much.

  2. SarahZ

    Love the block…intrigued by the cookie 🙂

  3. Dya

    Thank you for adding a lovely block and great recipe (everything wth choc. is great LOL) to the bloghop.
    Have a great Holiday.

  4. I like your block very much. I love how you used the stripes going in different directions as a design element. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Dee

    Hey, I am game to give pepper cookies a try – I happen to love pepper:)

  6. Sue Bennett

    Now that is a different cookie. I will have to give it a try. Love the Ferris Wheel block and the fabrics used. Thanks for the Moda blog hop.

  7. I’m not sure about the pepper in the cookie, but I’m up for an adventure! Thanks!

  8. WOW I love your block!! Thanks!

  9. Love the Ferris wheel block. Thank you.

  10. kathy h

    Thanks for the block and the recipe. I thought the pepper would not be a good addition but I have tried other recipes before with a surprise ingredient that turned out to be very good. So maybe we will try these too.

  11. Valerie

    The recipe looks interesting and I love the block. I also downloaded your free mittens ornament. Thank you! Have a Merry Christmas!

  12. Gwen

    Thank you for the lovely block and recipe! Can’t wait to try it!

  13. Kd

    Absolutely love your block and the cookies sound very interesting. Thank you for being a part of the Moda Designer Blog Hop! Kd

  14. Mary

    I love your block. The ferris wheel is my favorite ride at any amusement park or fair. The pepper in the cookies sounds very interesting. I’m going to have to try it.
    Merry Christmas!

  15. Gill watson

    I love the ferris wheeel block! I think it would look great in Christmassy colours!!

  16. Karen in Breezy Point

    The recipe sounds very interesting..I will give it a try for sure! Thanks!
    Karen in Breezy Point

  17. Marla Williams

    Love your site – Fun to browse

  18. Sarina

    I may have to break out the baking stuff. Those cookies sound so interesting and delicious! Thanks for sharing. You always have such cute ideas!

  19. Linda


  20. Joan

    Thank you for the pretty block and the recipe. Happy Holidays!

  21. Gloria

    Interesting cookie recipe – especially the black pepper to intensify the chocolate. I’ve never heard of that before although I have heard that adding just 2 drops of tabasco sauce to any recipe intensifies the flavour. Something to do with awakening one’s taste buds, I believe.

  22. Denise F.

    Great block and love the shoelaces.

  23. Ceil

    Thank you for the cute block and new cookie recipe! Always looking for something new and chocolatey! I can’t wait to start sewing all of blocks from this hop!

  24. Sherry

    Thanks for the block and recipe. I appreciate the hard work you all do for a blog hop.

  25. I have never been brave enough to make a dessert recipe that called for pepper or chili powder. I may have to try it!

  26. Lana Drum

    Thanks for sharing your block and recipe in the blog hop! Lana D.

  27. Thank you so much for the pattern and the recipe!

  28. Love the block. Would be great in Christmas fabrics. Thank you for sharing.

  29. Sue

    Hmmmmm….. those cookies sound strange enough to be delicious! I do believe I’ll give ’em a whirl with family & friends this year. Thanks! And thanks for all your hard work!

    PS Your block is beautiful!

  30. Love your block and the cookies sound good. Thanks for sharing.

  31. I think those cookies sound fabulous!

  32. Marcia K

    These cookies are a very interesting combination of flavors.. I wil have to try these out for sure.

  33. The block looks really easy to do and the recipe sounds fabulous! I can’t wait to try both.

  34. Jackie Roisler

    Oooo, I’ve gotta try your different cookies! Thank you 🙂 May your holidays be blessed.

  35. Pepper can be a nice surprise. Cute block too!

  36. Nancy

    I’m going to have to try those cookies. It’s not the first time I’ve heard of adding pepper in baked goods like this. Thanks for the block!

  37. lauraluvsloons

    Thanks for the block and recipe. Pepper in a cookie, now that’s different. This bloghop is so much fun.

  38. Corinne

    The cookies sound good, will also be making them. Thank you. I like the block fabrics very pretty

  39. Corinne

    The cookie look good will be trying this recipe. I also, love the fabrics used in making the block, very pretty.

  40. Great block and recipe….thanks!

  41. Great block and recipe….thanks!

  42. Cecilia

    Cute block. Thank you for the pattern and recipe.

  43. Lovely block and recipe! thanks so much!

  44. PhyLLis

    Your cookie recipe sounds very different, but yummy – will definitely try it! Thanks for sharing it and the block pattern *Ü*

  45. Sally

    What a great block pattern! The cookies sound interesting too, we like spicy and chocolate is never turned down.

  46. MarciaW

    Thank you for the pattern and the recipe. I’ve got the download “cooking” right now.

  47. Thank you! Great looking block! The recipe sounds intriguing and how can you go wrong with chocolate?

  48. black pepper in cookies, very interesting.
    Great block pattern. Thanks. Merry Christmas!

  49. Nancyz

    Love your block! Thank you.

  50. I bet the pepper adds a taste similar to a gingersnap? A little bite to it perhaps.

    I love how your quilt block turned out. Very Striking.

  51. Glynis

    Thank you for sharing new, creative flavor for the season! Looking forward to trying the cookies and the block!
    May your Christmas be filled with new joys and flavors!
    Peace, love and joy to you and yours!

  52. Nancy B from Many LA

    The cookies sound good – I really love contrasting flavors!

  53. Carmen Wyant

    Thanks for the recipe and the great block-I’ll have to try this one.

  54. Interesting recipe~ I love trying out new things. Love the block too!~ Thanks you!

  55. Jovita

    I LOVE these cookies too but have made changes over the years to “improve” them … Don’t have my notes to hand but I know that I don’t bother keeping espresso powder in the house just for these so just use regular ground coffee. Works like a charm. And for that “just out of the oven flavor” leave the sealed storage container in the sun for a bit … They go all freshly soft. Mmmm!

  56. Cynthia A.

    Thanks for the recipe (love Martha) & block…Happy Holidays!

  57. What a beautiful block!!

  58. What a beautiful block!!

  59. Beth T.

    The block is gorgeous and the cookies sound delicious. Thank you for sharing.

  60. I’ll take your word on the cookies because I too run from black pepper.
    Though dd won’t have chocolate so maybe these would all get devoured by dh.

  61. Joyce Mitchell

    Thanks for the recipe and quilt block pattern. I love black pepper – will have to try these out.

  62. Thank you so much for the block and the recipe… your Moda girls are wonderful! I am anxious to have my first grandchild– now I have a reason to sew little outfits from your patterns! Merry Christmas!

  63. VickiT

    I am so happy to see you recommend those cookies. I’ve seen recipes for black pepper cookies before and have always been afraid to try them even though I’m very well known for trying anything in cooking/baking at least once. Those I just haven’t been able to do. lol Now I guess I will have to.

    I love the quilt block. Thank you

  64. Carol

    Thank you for this lovely Block!

  65. sue

    Wow…chocolate and black pepper! Spicy deliciousness..can’t wait to try this recipe!

  66. Thank you the the block pattern and cookie recipe.

  67. Thanks for the cookie recipe! I will try this one. Great block!!!

  68. Debbie Dahlman

    Hello and Happy Holidays! Thank You for the great block! It is really neat looking. I will be trying it out for sure. The colors in the block really make it look nice. I can honestly say that I have never made a sugar cookie with pepper but I do own alot of Martha Stewart baking books. Thanks much! Wish me luck as this is my very first Blog Hop! I am crossing my fingers! 🙂

  69. marilyn r

    Ok, I’m always looking for new recipes and this really piqued by interest. I need to try this on the guys at work.

  70. That’s a very pretty block.

  71. Mary Jo Baird

    Can’t wait to try these cookies! Love the quilt block, too! I’m always trying new recipes so these are a definite go!!

  72. Sheryl A

    I am going to have to try those cookies!!!

  73. Aggiequilter

    Thanks for sharing the recipe and pattern with us. Happy Holidays !

  74. Bonnie Tucker

    Wow this recipe is somthing different. I will have to try it for the holidays.

    Bonnie Tucker

  75. Tee

    Love the quilt block!


  76. I want to try your recipe. I’m intrigued by the pepper in them. Thanks so much.

  77. bonnie

    love the block, thank you

  78. Liz

    The cookie sound interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  79. Thanks for sharing. Very interesting recipe.

    Happy holidays.

  80. Mary Ellen H.

    Thank you for the lovely block and recipe. Glad you warned up about the pepper.

  81. Love the Ferris Wheel pattern and may have to try that cookie recipe! Happy Holidays!

  82. Thanks for the recipe and your beautiful pattern.

  83. KrisD

    Your cookie recipe sounds interesting and the block is very lovely! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  84. Char S.

    Thank you for a great pattern an recipe.

    Char S.

  85. Judy Smith

    Love the block! Thanks for being part of the blog hop.

  86. Karen Shackleford

    What a fun block. Thanks for the pattern and the recipe. Merry Christmas to you!

  87. Pat

    Really like your Ferris Wheel block. Also, since giving up on salt, I use pepper as my seasoning. Will try these cookies for sure.

  88. I really like the Ferris Wheel. When I first saw it, it reminded me of when you drop a pebble in a pond.

  89. Thanks for the great recipe and I just love the ferris wheel block, too:)

  90. Joey

    Thank you for the treats and pattern.

  91. Jayne Moore

    Awesome block, I love chocolate too.

  92. Joanne Moore

    Oh my gosh that recipe is one of our favorites! It is a bit different but it is also Marths Stewart and it is used for cut out cookies. Years ago I made giant pumpkin cut out cookies for favors for my daughters Halloween birthday party. I HAve always thought of it for Halloween but have not made it in years though the kids still talk about it. I will make my Christmas cutouts with it this year. My family thanks you for the inspiration! Love the block! merry Christmas!

  93. Dawn

    Love you block. Interesting recipe. I’ll have to try it. Happy Holidays!

  94. Ruth B

    Beautiful block….thank you!!

  95. MoeWest

    Thanks for the recipe and the block. It’s interesting what flavours pepper can enhance. Have you ever tried fresh ground pepper on sliced fresh strawberries? It’s delicious.

  96. I’m so curious about the cookies that I have to try them. Thanks!

  97. Sophie

    Thank you for the recipe and the block!

  98. Beth

    Oooh looks like a yummy cookie recipe and block. Thank you.Happy Holidays.

  99. Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe and block!! Have a wonderful Christmas and all the best in 2012!!

  100. Love the Ferrie Wheel block and the cookie recipe sounds very interesting. Thanks

  101. Pat V.

    I love your Ferris Wheel block! Thanks for posting it!

  102. Carol Sc

    Your Ferris Wheel block has lots of “motion” — a perfect name for it and it should make a great secondary pattern — always fun to see what surprises come, when blocks are set together.

  103. Denise J.

    Love the Ferris Wheel block. That’s the only circular ride I can get on! I may have to try the pepper cookies, even though I’m not a fan of pepper.

  104. Dana

    Thanks so much for the block and recipe, I’ve never heard the word pepper in a cookie name. The block is beautiful

  105. That block is awesome…looks sooo much harder than it is! Love it

  106. Patty

    great block – thanks for sharing.

  107. Doris Jablonski

    Love th block….I like blocks with movement.

  108. Beverly

    WOW, I loved your stripes – like the clouds in the sky as we ride that Ferris Wheel…

  109. Lori

    Adorable block and great recipe choice too! 🙂 Merry Christmas

  110. Juanita in Ohio

    This is an exciting break-through for me and I can’t wait to try your recipe and share it with my friends. I LOVE little secrets for cooking and adding one ingrediant that will change the taste to the 10th. power!! The quilt pattern looks tough and that is what will make me do it, hard things, sometimes, are good for me. TFS.

  111. bruinbr

    I would have NEVER thought to use black pepper in a cookie! Thanks for the recipe and block!

  112. Meg

    Fabulous block–thank you so much! I am eager to try the cookies as well. All best to you and yours!

  113. we LOVE pepper, that sounds so intriguing! love your block

  114. thanx muchly for the recipe and block!

  115. Mary ann

    Such fun, I am loving all these recipes and of course the blocks!

  116. Jane S.

    Chocolate and black pepper, what a delicious sounding combination! I have often put a small can of chopped chile peppers in my brownies. Chocolate and that little bit of hot is really good. Thank you for the recipe and the quilt block!

  117. I love the red pepper flake chocolate chips cookies we make. This black pepper chocolate sounds great. And the block looks a bit intimidating.

  118. Sue Schultz

    Beautiful block. Thank-you!!

  119. Carol J

    I would never have thought of Chocolate and pepper together in the same recipe – sounds intriquing! Thank you for sharing!

  120. Nancy C. in Utah

    Thank you so much for the recipe and the block pattern. I really LOVE this pattern!!! Can’t wait to try it. Hugs…

  121. DiAnn Schaefer

    Thank you for the receipe and the Ferris Wheel block pattern too! The colors and the stripe fabric is neat.
    I will definently use this block pattern, thank you again!

  122. Labbie Girl

    Thanks for the fun, “Ferris Wheel’ block!! Wishing you and yours a healthy, happy, holiday!!!

  123. Jennifer

    My daughter and I made the Chocolate Black Pepper Cookies yesterday. They are good, with a little bit of heat after you swallow them. I think we are going to make Chocolate Truffles with Sea Salt and Chocolate Black Pepper for a cookie exchange.

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