Can I even? No, I can’t even.
Write Christmas cards, that is. I started, and found my cheery end-of-year narrative devolving into muffled curses and ink-smearing rages that this usually wonderful time of year has been sabotaged, co-opted, trashed by the abject monstrosity of 2016 politics and a hideous jot of a human being who makes Paul LePage look like Angus King at his noblest. No, I can’t even.
I can’t even keep what I wrote earlier. Probably a wise thing…
In spite of the above, I’m going to make these today — mostly for some nearby friends. I posted this originally over two years ago, but you’ll probably never find it, so here we go again.
Bourbon chocolate pecan drop cookies – yummy rich
- 1/2 cup butter at room temp
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 beaten egg
- 1 1/2 cups flour or gluten-free all-purpose baking mix (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
- 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum (only if using gluten-free mix)
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2-3 oz. bourbon
- small handful shredded coconut (optional)
- 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans
- pecans for putting on tops of the cookies (optional)
Preheat oven to 400. Cream the butter in a large mixing bowl, then blend in brown sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla and mix until smooth and creamy. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour (or gluten free mix, with the 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum), salt, baking powder, and cocoa powder until well-blended. Now pour the dry ingredients into the butter-sugar mixture, add the bourbon, and stir until thoroughly blended. Add chopped pecans, chocolate chips, and coconut (optional) and mix (this will be quite a workout!) until everything’s totally mixed. Spoon some globs out on a cookie sheet (I usually get 22 to 24 cookies per batch) and bake for 8 minutes. The cookies will be a little squishy on top, but they’ll be chewy when they cool off.
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