Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the egg and then add the molasses.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, allspice, cinnamon and black pepper. Whisk together and then add to the sugar and butter combination. Mix well, but don't over mix it.
Form dough into 1 or 2-inch balls and roll in additional sugar. Place 2 inches apart prepared cookie sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until set. Do not overbake these. You want the inside nice and soft, but FYI, even the extra crispy ones are delicious.
Repeat with remaining dough until used up.
If making 1-inch balls, this recipe will make about 4 dozen. If making 2-inch balls, recipe makes 2 dozen. (Photos were made using 2-inch balls)
P.S. These cookies are at their peak 24 hours after baking. The spices intensify and the texture is perfection.