Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Because Bourbon makes Cookies even Better

I pulled my first tray of Christmas cookies for the year out of the oven at 8 am on December 1st.  It is now 8 am on December 19th and my last batch is headed into the oven.  Needless to say I bake a lot of cookies around Christmas.  I take them to get-togethers, church and always have some on hand when company stops by this time of year.  I have recipes I make every year and I always try a new recipe each year too.  This years new recipe has a Bourbon Maple flavor twist, because as I like to say.... Bourbon makes everything better.

Now I have to admit I made this recipe with a Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, that I got at the National Maple Syrup Festival in Medora, Indiana in early March at Burton's Maplewood Farm.  They place their syrup in a Bourbon Barrel and it absorbs the flavors and combination of maple and peppery bourbon taste amazing.  But don't fear if you don't have to have this fancy syrup on hand you can get by with regular Maple Syrup and Bourbon. 

Cookie Dough Ingredients: 3/4 cup sugar, 16 Tbs. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room
temperature, 1/2 cup Bourbon Barrel aged maple syrup (or pure maple syrup), 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 egg yolk, 3 cups all-purpose flour, 1/4 tsp. salt
Directions:  In a bowl, beat together the 3/4 cup sugar and butter on high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the maple syrup, vanilla and egg yolk and beat for 1 minute. Sift together the flour and salt directly onto the butter mixture, then beat on medium speed until combined, about 2 minutes. 
Divide the dough into 2 equal portions. Working with 1 portion at a time, place the dough on a lightly floured work surface and, using a rolling pin, roll out 1/8 inch thick. Place cookies 1 inch apart on a greased baking sheet. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Icing Ingredients: 3/4 cup confection sugar, 2 T. Bourbon, 2 T. Bourbon Barrel aged Maple Syrup (or pure Maple Syrup), 2 tsp. vanilla.  Mix together to a desired consistency and drizzle over cookies.

These cookies would be cute if you had a maple leaf cookie cutter, but regardless of the shape the warm taste of the maple and bourbon and sure to add a little jolly to your holiday cookie tray. 



Anonymous said...

Great recipe and Tim Burton, his syrup, and family are some of the areas top shelf products. Thanks for sharing

Lana Wallpe said...

You had me at bourbon ;-) Sounds yummy. Maybe I will try and whim up to whip them up to go with the bourbon balls I know will be at our family gathering Saturday night!