Derby Pie Cookies

Derby Pie Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are chewy chocolate chip cookies filled with toasted pecans and bourbon whiskey. Inspired by the famous Kentucky derby dessert, these cookies take all of the favorite pie flavors and stuff them into one chewy chocolate chunk cookies. With molten centers and buttery crisp edges, these chewy treats are fun to make for a party or holiday dessert. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

You can take the girl out of Kentucky but you can’t take the Kentucky out of the girl.

I was born in Lexington, Kentucky and spent the first few years of my life in a small town about an hour away. Over the years that followed, I regularly visited family across the state, and it was there that my love affair with Southern culture began. While my short stint in Danville hardly qualifies me to claim Kentucky as my home sweet home, I have enough roots situated beneath that bluegrass to know that good things happen in the land of bourbon and basketball. Those rolling hills have always felt a little like home, so it pleases me to no end to share today’s recipe with you all. 

Derby Pie Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are chewy chocolate chip cookies filled with toasted pecans and bourbon whiskey. Inspired by the famous Kentucky derby dessert, these cookies take all of the favorite pie flavors and stuff them into one chewy chocolate chunk cookies. With molten centers and buttery crisp edges, these chewy treats are fun to make for a party or holiday dessert. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

In just a few weeks, Southerners, socialites, and gamblers alike will join to participate in the Kentucky Derby, and you had better believe I wish I was one of them. While I’ve never been to the Derby, it’s my absolute favorite sporting event to celebrate, and if you’ve not done so before, I’d challenge you to giddy-up. In preparation for last year’s races, I gave you derby pie bars, a gooey, nutty shortbread bar filled with booze and chocolate. As a sequel to those decadent treats, you’re getting more of those same elements wrapped up in the ridiculous-delicious package of derby pie cookies.

Derby Pie Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are chewy chocolate chip cookies filled with toasted pecans and bourbon whiskey. Inspired by the famous Kentucky derby dessert, these cookies take all of the favorite pie flavors and stuff them into one chewy chocolate chunk cookies. With molten centers and buttery crisp edges, these chewy treats are fun to make for a party or holiday dessert. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

These derby pie cookies are extra: extra chocolatey, extract chewy, extra boozy. They’re loaded with Derby Pie flavor but without all of the time and hassle that is required to make and bake a pie. In under thirty minutes, you can have buttery, caramel and bourbon-flavored cookies that are chock-full of nuts and dripping with morsels of chocolate. Whether or not you watch the Derby, you need these.

Derby Pie Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are chewy chocolate chip cookies filled with toasted pecans and bourbon whiskey. Inspired by the famous Kentucky derby dessert, these cookies take all of the favorite pie flavors and stuff them into one chewy chocolate chunk cookies. With molten centers and buttery crisp edges, these chewy treats are fun to make for a party or holiday dessert. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

To make derby pie cookies, we start by melting butter. Two sticks of liquid gold are combined with brown and white sugar, bourbon, and vanilla. Eggs come next and are stirred in before the dry ingredients are added. The crescendo of these cookies are the hunks of dark chocolate and chopped nuts that are added to the batter. Once integrated,  oversized dough balls are rolled onto a baking sheet and placed in the oven until the tops of the cookies have begun to crack and the edges are bronzed.

Derby Pie Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are chewy chocolate chip cookies filled with toasted pecans and bourbon whiskey. Inspired by the famous Kentucky derby dessert, these cookies take all of the favorite pie flavors and stuff them into one chewy chocolate chunk cookies. With molten centers and buttery crisp edges, these chewy treats are fun to make for a party or holiday dessert. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

I like to finish these derby pie cookies with an extra sprinkling of salt and pecans, but you can skip this step if you’d prefer. You can also substitute some or all of the pecans for walnuts if desired, although I like them with toasty pecans the best. A key ingredient to these derby pie cookies is the bourbon. Be sure to choose a quality variety that will lend a sweet, caramel flavor to the dough. (Shameless plug: Blanton’s is the favorite in our house, but Basil Hayden’s, Woodford Reserve, and Eagle Rare make regular appearances as well.) If two tablespoons of bourbon isn’t enough for you, feel free to add a third. No judgment here. 

Derby Pie Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are chewy chocolate chip cookies filled with toasted pecans and bourbon whiskey. Inspired by the famous Kentucky derby dessert, these cookies take all of the favorite pie flavors and stuff them into one chewy chocolate chunk cookies. With molten centers and buttery crisp edges, these chewy treats are fun to make for a party or holiday dessert. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

Get on your marks, get set, and GO bake these derby pie cookies ASAP. The races are just around the corner and these treats are begging to be made. Happy Friday and happy baking to you all!

If you like these derby pie cookies you should try:

Derby Pie Bars 

Candied Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Pecan Toffee Blondies 

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Homemade Chocolates and Bourbon Balls

 

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Derby Pie Cookie

Derby Pie Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are chewy chocolate chip cookies filled with toasted pecans and bourbon whiskey. Inspired by the famous Kentucky derby dessert, these cookies take all of the favorite pie flavors and stuff them into one chewy chocolate chunk cookies. With molten centers and buttery crisp edges, these chewy treats are fun to make for a party or holiday dessert. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

These derby pie cookies are loaded with dark chocolate chunks, toasted pecans, and bourbon. Make these Kentucky-inspired treats for derby day!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 16

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup (170 gm) unsalted butter, chopped
  • 1-1/4 cup (250 gm) light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup( 50 gm) sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2-3 tablespoons good quality bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups (300 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • ¾ cup finely chopped pecans
  • 4 ounces (about one cup) coarsely chopped dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a small saucepan, melted the butter over medium low heat just until melted. Do not allow to sizzle, boil, or bubble. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour the butter into a large mixing bowl and add the brown sugar and sugar. Whisk to incorporate before adding the egg, bourbon, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine. In a separate bowl, stir the flour, baking soda, powder, and salt. Use a rubber spatula to stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Once incorporated, fold in the pecans and chocolate. If the mixture looks greasy and soft, place the dough into the fridge to chill for 10 minutes. Otherwise proceed to the next step.
  4. Use a large cookie scoop (about 3 tablespoons of dough) to scoop rounds of dough onto the baking sheet. You can smooth your dough by quickly rolling it in your hands. Place the dough rounds 2 inches apart on your baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 12 minutes or until the top of the cookies have barely begun to crack and the centers no longer look wet. Sprinkle with additional salt, if desired, and enjoy!

Notes

  • For large pools of chocolate on top of the cookies, include a few large chocolate chunks on top of the dough balls.
  • If your cookies spread too much refrigerate the dough balls for several minutes prior to baking.

 

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13 Comments
  • Caitie
    Reply

    Would whiskey work as a bourbon substitute?

    August 25, 2018 at 11:19 AM
  • Sallie Schissler
    Reply

    I made these last weekend. They are amazing. Thank you for a great recipe.

    May 3, 2018 at 1:02 PM
  • Alli Woldman
    Reply

    I just made these and they are amazing! We are having a Derby party this year and these will definitely be on the menu! (Along with several other amazing Wood and Spoon recipes! Love from Chicago!

    April 26, 2018 at 8:43 PM
  • I DO need these in my life. I feel like I can almost smell and taste them through the screen. Also, I’ve never visited the south (I know I know), but you make me want to!

    April 25, 2018 at 5:24 AM
  • I had to google Kentucky Derby. Shame on my name. Here for these cookies though!

    April 21, 2018 at 7:07 PM
  • Paige
    Reply

    Love love LOVE this recipe! I grew up in Kentucky and went to school in Danville (and may or may not have served derby pie at my wedding), so this post made me extra happy. Thanks!

    April 21, 2018 at 8:09 AM
      • Paige
        Reply

        Yes!!! I went to Centre and my husband went to UK, so Danville/Lexington feel like home to us! I always love finding people who are familiar with the area (and appreciate bourbon…let’s be real)!

        April 23, 2018 at 8:13 AM

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