Take your standard chocolate chip cookie up a notch with these delicious Derby Cookies. Serve them at your Kentucky Derby themed party for a unique and festive treat!
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Looking for a Keto or Gluten Free Version of this Derby Cookie? Find the Recipe here!
Derby season was one of the coolest things about growing up in Louisville and the festivals, parades, and other events were such an exciting time to be a part of the city.
It’s 2020, which means that due to the coronavirus and Louisville’s horrendous response to the death of Breonna Taylor at the hands of the Louisville police department everything is canceled. Including all of the fun, and food-filled events that surround the Kentucky Derby.
Luckily I have got you covered with tons of Derby-themed recipes so that you can still enjoy your favorite treats all from the comfort of your own home.
One of my favorite Derby foods in the Kentucky Derby Pie. There are several different versions, but the most popular (and in my opinion, the best) is essentially a pecan pie with chocolate and bourbon.
These cookies take all the flavor of the Derby Pie and put them into one delicious cookie!
What you’ll need for these Derby Cookies:
- Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, and salt
- Unflavored Gelatin Powder – this is an unusual ingredient for cookies, but it is my secret trick to ensure perfectly soft and chewy cookies every time. If you prefer crisp cookies, or just don’t have any gelatin, you can leave it out.
- White and Brown Sugar
- Vanilla Bean Paste is a new find for me, and I am OBSESSED. The flavor is so amazing and you won’t believe the difference it can make in your cookies. With that said vanilla extract will also work fine.
- Kentucky Bourbon – You can add a little or a lot depending upon your preference.
- Chocolate Chips
- Pecans (you can also use walnuts)
Tips for making the perfect cookies:
Make sure that your oven is preheated before adding the cookies to the oven. Otherwise the cookies will take longer to cook, causing them to spread more and they just won’t be as good.
When you add the bourbon to the butter and sugar mixture, it may have a broken or curdled appearence. This is normal and the cookies will still turn out great.
I prefer a large cookie so I use a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop. If you like a smaller cookie that is fine, just be aware that you may need to reduce the cooking time.
Take the cookies out of the oven as soon as the edges turn golden brown. This ensures that the center will still be nice and soft. Once you remove them from the oven allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack.
How to store these cookies:
Thanks to the added gelatin, these cookies will stay soft for a lot longer then a traditional cookie. I store them in a sealed container for up to 10 days.
Can I freeze the cookie dough?
YES! If you want to have delicious cookies on demand simply scoop the cookie dough onto a lined baking sheet. Place the baking sheet into the freezer fro several hours until the dough is frozen solid.
Then transfer to a tightly sealed container and freeze for up to 6 months.
To bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the desired number of cookies onto the baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes.
Be sure to check out these other great Derby Themed recipes:
- Hot Brown Pizza
- Mint Julep
- Kentucky Derby Pie | Keto, Gluten Free
- Keto Hot Brown Casserole
- Bourbon Balls
- Louisville Benedictine Spread
- Kentucky Burgoo | Slow Cooker
- 2 ½ cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2 tbsp Unflavored Gelatin Powder
- ¾ cup Sugar
- ¾ cup Brown Sugar packed
- 1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste or vanilla extract
- 1 cup Butter softened (2 sticks)
- 2 Large Eggs
- ½ – 1 cup Kentucky Bourbon to taste
- 1 ½ cups Chocolate Chips
- 2 cups Pecans chopped
- Electric Mixer
- Parchment Paper
- Cookie Dough Scoop
- Preheat your oven to 375° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and gelatin powder. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the white and brown sugar with the vanilla and butter. Beat the mixture until light and fluffy and the sugars have begun to melt.
- Add the eggs and bourbon and stir until well encorporated. Depending upon how much bourbon you use, the mixture may look broken or curdled. This is fine and it will all come together nicely in the end.
- Beat half of the flour mixture in with the butter mixture until well combined. Repeat with the remaining flour.
- Fold in the chocolate chips and pecans.
- Drop the dough in a rounded scoop onto the prepared baking sheet. (I used a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop) Leave 2-3 inches between each cookie.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until the edges of the cookies have turned golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.