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Bourbon Bundt Cake

Bourbon Bundt Cake by Kate Wood. This is a boozy and moist bundt cake make with Kentucky whiskey and a bourbon glaze. The cake is fluffy and tall and serves as a great breakfast or brunch or dessert item! It comes together in one bowl and can be made in advance. Learn more about this fall simple cake on thewoodandspoon.com

When I turned 21, I was determined to be a badass. The youngest of my friends, I had watched the majority of them ripen to adulthood and opt for sugary martinis and syrupy cordials on their special days. Cosmopolitans, amaretto sours, and assorted varieties of fruit-flavored wines were usually on the list of go-to beverages, but me… well, I wanted the fill bigger britches. I wanted the stuff that grown men drank, the kind of booze that put hair on you chest. I opted for bourbon.

Bourbon Bundt Cake by Kate Wood. This is a boozy and moist bundt cake make with Kentucky whiskey and a bourbon glaze. The cake is fluffy and tall and serves as a great breakfast or brunch or dessert item! It comes together in one bowl and can be made in advance. Learn more about this fall simple cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Let’s just say I had no idea what I was getting myself into. My Kentucky roots tricked me into believing that all the exposure to bluegrass and horse-speckled hills would somehow prepare my palate for the smooth (but not subtle) punch of a bourbon cocktail, but I could not have been more wrong. On my 21st birthday, armed with my parent’s credit card and a friend to hold my hair back (kidding), we saddled up to a table at a local Birmingham whiskey bar, and I ordered a glass of Woodford Reserve over ice. The waitress suggested I try their bacon-infused variety (obviously, because it was 2008), and I delightfully agreed. For the next hour I put on a brave face and grimaced through microscopic sips of what I assumed was some kind of smoky rubbing alcohol. It was terrible, and I watched longingly as my friends enjoyed chilled glasses of Riesling and cranberry vodkas. I was not ready for the bourbon.

Bourbon Bundt Cake by Kate Wood. This is a boozy and moist bundt cake make with Kentucky whiskey and a bourbon glaze. The cake is fluffy and tall and serves as a great breakfast or brunch or dessert item! It comes together in one bowl and can be made in advance. Learn more about this fall simple cake on thewoodandspoon.com

I sing a different tune about bourbon now. I love the flavor it adds to cocktails and baked goods alike and opt for its comforting warm flavors over just about any other libation. Here, in this bourbon bundt cake, the Kentucky-bred booze flavors a moist, one-bowl cake with flavors of fall and a subtle little kick reminiscent of what that 21-year old Kate was probably expecting from her birthday beverage. This cake is perfect for the season, fits in with any breakfast or brunch menu, and is still enough of a treat to enjoy at dessert. Consider this is your catch-all cake for the next few months. If you’re interested in hearing more about it, let’s dive in.

Bourbon Bundt Cake by Kate Wood. This is a boozy and moist bundt cake make with Kentucky whiskey and a bourbon glaze. The cake is fluffy and tall and serves as a great breakfast or brunch or dessert item! It comes together in one bowl and can be made in advance. Learn more about this fall simple cake on thewoodandspoon.com

This bourbon bundt cake is made with my favorite (you guessed it!) Kerrygold butter. In pound cakes and other simple bundts, I prefer to opt for their high-fat, ultra-flavorful unsalted butter. Kerrygold butter keeps this cake moist with a subtle richness that other butters simply can’t offer. To the softened butter, I add sugar and brown sugar which gets whipped together until light and fluffy. Eggs and vanilla come next before the dry ingredients are alternated in with the buttermilk and bourbon. The batter bakes up in a prepared bundt pan until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Bourbon Bundt Cake by Kate Wood. This is a boozy and moist bundt cake make with Kentucky whiskey and a bourbon glaze. The cake is fluffy and tall and serves as a great breakfast or brunch or dessert item! It comes together in one bowl and can be made in advance. Learn more about this fall simple cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Allow the bourbon bundt cake to cool slightly in the pan and then invert onto a cooling rack or serving dish. Once cool, whip up the simple glaze of bourbon, powdered sugar, and cream, and pour the thickened mixture all over the cake. I love collecting the run-off glaze in the center of the cake and spooning any extra glaze back on top for a second dose of sweet. This bourbon bundt cake is simple but such a crowd pleaser.

Bourbon Bundt Cake by Kate Wood. This is a boozy and moist bundt cake make with Kentucky whiskey and a bourbon glaze. The cake is fluffy and tall and serves as a great breakfast or brunch or dessert item! It comes together in one bowl and can be made in advance. Learn more about this fall simple cake on thewoodandspoon.com

I hope you’ll give this bourbon bundt cake a try this week! Next week we’re celebrating my birthday (!!!) with TWO special recipes that I can’t wait to share. In the meantime, many thanks to Kerrygold for sponsoring this post and for making this an awesome cake! Happy baking!

Bourbon Bundt Cake by Kate Wood. This is a boozy and moist bundt cake make with Kentucky whiskey and a bourbon glaze. The cake is fluffy and tall and serves as a great breakfast or brunch or dessert item! It comes together in one bowl and can be made in advance. Learn more about this fall simple cake on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this bourbon bundt cake you should try:

Brown Butter Bourbon Madeleines 

Derby Hand Pies

Brown Sugar Apple Bundt Cake

Maple Apple Cake

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Bourbon Bundt Cake

Bourbon Bundt Cake by Kate Wood. This is a boozy and moist bundt cake make with Kentucky whiskey and a bourbon glaze. The cake is fluffy and tall and serves as a great breakfast or brunch or dessert item! It comes together in one bowl and can be made in advance. Learn more about this fall simple cake on thewoodandspoon.com

This bourbon bundt cake is lightly scented with booze and is topped with a powdered sugar glaze. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 70
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 9 1x
  • Category: Cake
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Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 11/4 cup sugar (250 gm)
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (240 gm) buttermilk, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup (60 gm) good quality bourbon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 23/4 cups (385 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream, plus more as needed

Instructions

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar together on medium speed for 4 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the eggs one at a time. Scrape the sides of the bowl and stir in any unincorporated egg. In a separate bowl combine the buttermilk, bourbon, and vanilla extract. In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Add half of the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and stir just until barely combined on low speed. Add half of the liquid ingredients and stir to combine. Repeat this process to incorporate the remaining dry and wet ingredients. Fold the batter together using a rubber spatula to ensure everything is well incorporated.
  2. Lightly grease and flour a bundt pan and spoon the batter into the pan. Bake in the preheated oven until the cake has risen and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 45- 50 minutes. Allow to cool for 20 minutes in the pan, then invert the cake on to a cooling rack to cool completely.

To prepare the glaze:

  1. Whisk together the powdered sugar, bourbon, and ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream. Add additional cream 1 teaspoon at a time until your glaze is the desired consistency. Add additional powdered sugar to thicken as needed. Spoon the glaze over top of the cake and enjoy!

Sweet Tea Old Fashioned

Sweet Tea Old Fashioned by Wood and Spoon. This is the classic Kentucky bourbon cocktail made with orange bitters, whiskey, and just a smidge of ready to drink sweet tea. Make this in a batch for friends as a party beverage or drink as a great end of day cocktail. This is a southern spin on the original drink! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

We’re so close. The fall season and all that comes with it- the changing leaves, the scent of cinnamon, and the onset of denim and cozy sweaters- is so close it’s almost tangible. Although my thermometer is protesting, I’m ready to dive head first into autumnal everything, and today we’re going to start with this sweet tea old fashioned.

It’s no secret that I love bourbon. Very few things expose my Kentucky roots like my adoration for the sweet and subtle burn of that perfect amber liquid. Today we’re going to transform my favorite bourbon cocktail, a classic old fashioned, by adding Red Diamond Sweet Tea. The combination of those two quintessential Southern things makes for a winning, drinkable combo that is just perfect this time of year.

Sweet Tea Old Fashioned by Wood and Spoon. This is the classic Kentucky bourbon cocktail made with orange bitters, whiskey, and just a smidge of ready to drink sweet tea. Make this in a batch for friends as a party beverage or drink as a great end of day cocktail. This is a southern spin on the original drink! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

This sweet tea old fashioned requires very few ingredients, but because of this, we want to opt for the highest quality possible. We first start with a peel of orange and a few dashes of bitters. Muddle the two together in an old fashioned glass until the oils in fruit are released. Next we add 2 ounces of high-quality Kentucky bourbon and a hefty pour of chilled Red Diamond Sweet Tea. Finish it off with an extra-large ice cube and enjoy. Seriously, it’s that simple.

Sweet Tea Old Fashioned by Wood and Spoon. This is the classic Kentucky bourbon cocktail made with orange bitters, whiskey, and just a smidge of ready to drink sweet tea. Make this in a batch for friends as a party beverage or drink as a great end of day cocktail. This is a southern spin on the original drink! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

Sweet tea is a staple here in the South, and it’s no secret that my go-to fave is from a locally founded company, Red Diamond. Made simply with tea leaves, water, and sugar, Red Diamond Sweet Tea is free of preservatives and concentrates and has that perfect classic flavor that every glass of good Southern sweet tea should. The combination of bourbon and sweet tea makes for an old fashioned that is slightly sweeter and more drinkable than the classic cocktail. Because there are so few ingredients and very uncomplicated preparation involved, this is a great cocktail to batch for a group of friends.

Sweet Tea Old Fashioned by Wood and Spoon. This is the classic Kentucky bourbon cocktail made with orange bitters, whiskey, and just a smidge of ready to drink sweet tea. Make this in a batch for friends as a party beverage or drink as a great end of day cocktail. This is a southern spin on the original drink! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

I hope you’ll give this sweet tea old fashioned a try sometime this fall! Be sure to pick up a gallon of Red Diamond Sweet Tea and give a toast on my behalf. Have a great weekend and happy fall y’all!

If you like this sweet tea old fashioned you should try:

Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea

Warm Apple Tea

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy

Pinot Margaritas

 

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Sweet Tea Old Fashioned

This sweet tea old fashioned is a Southern spin on the classic bourbon cocktail!

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 2
  • Total Time: 2
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
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Ingredients

  • Orange peel
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 6 ounces chilled sweet tea

Instructions

  1. Muddle the strip of orange peel and bitters together in an old fashioned glass until the orange peel has released some oils. You’ll notice a strong orange scent in the glass. Add the bourbon and sweet tea. Add a large ice cube and enjoy!

Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea

Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea made with ginger beer, bourbon whiskey, lime, and Red Diamond ready-to-drink sweet tea. This is a great summertime cocktail that can be batched for a crowd. Refreshing from the ginger and sweetened by Read Diamond's tea, this bourbon cocktail is a Southern delight! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you’ve followed along on this blog for any length of time you know I’ve just had a baby. It’s weird- pregnancy is so all-consuming that it’s easy to forget what life was before. There’s just so many physical (okay, emotional and mental too) limitations for those 9 months. But now that we’ve welcome baby Charlie into the world and I’m beginning to get back to my (new) normal, I’ve enjoyed the slow tiptoe back into a non-pregnant lifestyle and the things I missed out on for a few months. Perfect example: bourbon. I love bourbon. I missed bourbon. Now, post-pregnancy and able to enjoy an adult beverage from time to time, I’m really digging grown-up drinks, and this bourbon ginger sweet tea is so up my alley.

Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea made with ginger beer, bourbon whiskey, lime, and Red Diamond ready-to-drink sweet tea. This is a great summertime cocktail that can be batched for a crowd. Refreshing from the ginger and sweetened by Read Diamond's tea, this bourbon cocktail is a Southern delight! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This is a seriously simple cocktail to throw together. Kentucky bourbon, lime juice, and ginger beer are combined with sweet tea and poured over a tall glass of ice to make a cocktail that is kind of a mash-up of a bourbon mule and sweet tea. Because no shaking or blending is needed, this also happens to be a great cocktail to batch for a crowd and share on the last of this season.

Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea made with ginger beer, bourbon whiskey, lime, and Red Diamond ready-to-drink sweet tea. This is a great summertime cocktail that can be batched for a crowd. Refreshing from the ginger and sweetened by Read Diamond's tea, this bourbon cocktail is a Southern delight! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

To make a really good bourbon ginger sweet tea we need really good ingredients. Sweet tea is a staple here in the South, and it’s no secret that my go-to fave is from a locally founded company, Red Diamond. Made simply with tea leaves, water, and sugar, Red Diamond Sweet Tea is free of preservatives and concentrates and has that perfect classic flavor that every glass of good Southern sweet tea should. To the tea we add fresh lime juice, quality Kentucky bourbon, and just a smidge of ginger beer. The lime juice and ginger beer balance out the boozy sweetness of the bourbon and sweet tea, and all together these ingredients make up a cocktail that is seriously easy to drink. Pace yourselves, people.

Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea made with ginger beer, bourbon whiskey, lime, and Red Diamond ready-to-drink sweet tea. This is a great summertime cocktail that can be batched for a crowd. Refreshing from the ginger and sweetened by Read Diamond's tea, this bourbon cocktail is a Southern delight! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you’d like to batch this bourbon ginger sweet tea for a crowd, pull out your calculators and get computing! I recommend stirring the ingredients together just before serving and allowing guests to pour their own over glasses of ice. If you want to make these ahead, just leave out the ice and the ginger beer until just before serving to keep the cocktail slightly fizzy and to prevent it from getting watered down. Serve each tea in a tall glass and garnish with a lime wedge if you’re feeling extra fancy.

Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea made with ginger beer, bourbon whiskey, lime, and Red Diamond ready-to-drink sweet tea. This is a great summertime cocktail that can be batched for a crowd. Refreshing from the ginger and sweetened by Read Diamond's tea, this bourbon cocktail is a Southern delight! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you, like me, are doing all you can to soak in these last few days of summer, give this bourbon ginger sweet tea a try. It’s seriously refreshing and makes for a great treat to sip on day or night. Many thanks to Red Diamond for sponsoring this post and to you all for supporting brands that make Wood & Spoon possible. If you give the recipe a try, let me know what you think in the comments section below! Happy Monday!

If you like this bourbon ginger sweet tea you should check out:

Warm Apple Tea

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy

Pinot Margaritas

Grapefruit Moscow Mules

 

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Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea

Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea made with ginger beer, bourbon whiskey, lime, and Red Diamond ready-to-drink sweet tea. This is a great summertime cocktail that can be batched for a crowd. Refreshing from the ginger and sweetened by Read Diamond's tea, this bourbon cocktail is a Southern delight! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This bourbon ginger sweet tea is a refreshing summertime and Southern take on a bourbon mule!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 3
  • Total Time: 3
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drink
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Ingredients

  • 11/2 ounces bourbon
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • 5 ounces ready to drink sweet tea
  • 2 ounces ginger beer

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large glass filled with ice. Add an additional ounce of ginger beer if desired. Enjoy!

Derby Hand Pies

Derby Hand Pies by Wood and Spoon. These are mini pop tart pies filled with bourbon pecan pie filling and topped with a chocolate ganache and pecans. Inspired by the famous Kentucky derby party dessert, these little bite sized desserts are great for feeding a festive crowd while watching the derby. Read more about making these tiny southern pies on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Today’s post will be short and sweet. I am knee-deep in nesting mode (hello chalk paint! hello oxyclean! hello rearranging the furniture!), and have set aside this week to prep my kiddos’ rooms as much as possible prior to baby girl arriving. Yes, we’re only 31 weeks into this pregnancy, but when the urge to nest hits, Mama Bird can’t back down, okay? Today we’re talking about these mini derby hand pies just in time for the Kentucky derby. It’s my favorite sporting event of the year, and once you get a taste of this chocolate and bourbon goodness it might end up being yours too.

Brett and I were married on my grandparent’s Kentucky farm the week before the Derby. I keep memories of the day tucked in the corners of my brain like well-loved photographs that I get to revisit over and over again. The ceremony, party, and events leading up to both were far from perfect, but it felt cozy and personal and will forever hold a warm and fuzzy place in my heart.

Derby Hand Pies

These derby pie bars remind me of that day. Loaded with chopped nuts and rich chocolate, these bourbon-spiked bars contain all the essence of classic derby pie flavors in each and every bite along with an extra-thick shortbread crust that is really so delicious. Derby pie is the quintessential Kentucky Derby dessert, and those rich flavors always make me think of the bluegrass state and our wedding day.

If you’ve hung around this blog long enough, you probably recall the derby pie bars and derby pie cookies I made in the past. These derby hand pies are another take on the classic race day dessert, and they are a cute and sassy way to level-up just a regular old pie. I love anything that can be served in mini or individual servings, and if you’re planning a Derby Day party (or to celebrate our anniversary?) these would be a fun and cheeky treat to consider serving.

Derby Hand Pies

To make them, we start with a pie dough. My favorite flaky pie crust comes together quickly and can be made in advance. Allow the dough to chill for a few hours or overnight and make the filling in the meantime. Just like a pecan pie, brown sugar, corn syrup, nuts, and more simmer on the stove until thick and goopy. We let the filling cool completely so that it stays scoopable and doesn’t squish out the sides of the pie dough.

Roll out your dough as thin as your dare and cut out rounds of dough. Stuff as much filling in between two circles of two as you can and then crimp the edges with a floured fork. After a quick brush of an egg wash, these derby hand pies bake up golden and flaky. To finish them off, we make a simple ganache to spoon on top of each pie and sprinkle with toasted pecans. Delicious, y’all.

Derby Hand Pies

I hope you consider cheers-ing to these derby hand pies this weekend. Be sure to check out a few of my other bourbon favorites below to meet all of your baking needs for the weekend’s festivities. Happy Tuesday and Happy Baking!

If you like these derby hand pies you should make:

Derby Pie Cookies

Derby Pie Bars

Bourbon Truffles

Brown Butter Bourbon Madeleines

Brown Sugar Apple Bundt Cake

 

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Derby Hand Pies

Derby Hand Pies by Wood and Spoon. These are mini pop tart pies filled with bourbon pecan pie filling and topped with a chocolate ganache and pecans. Inspired by the famous Kentucky derby party dessert, these little bite sized desserts are great for feeding a festive crowd while watching the derby. Read more about making these tiny southern pies on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

These derby hand pies are miniature versions of the classic Kentucky Derby dessert! Give these tiny pies with bourbon, chocolate, and nuts a shot!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 35
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 14 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the pastry:

  • 13/4 cups (210 gm) of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 11/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 tablespoons (85 gm) butter
  • 1/3 cup (70 gm) shortening
  • 5 tablespoons (approximately) of ice water

For the filling:

  • 1 cup (200 gm) sugar
  • 2/3 cup (200 gm) corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup (40 gm) unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 11/2 cups (170 gm) pecans, finely chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon

For the hand pies:

  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup (60 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • Extra pecans, if desired

Instructions

To prepare the pastry:

  1. Combine flour, salt and sugar in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Cut in the butter and shortening with a pastry cutter or the back of a fork until it is the consistency of a course meal with small, pea-sized chunks of butter throughout. Add water, 1-2 tablespoons at a time, tossing gently until pastry comes together in moist clumps. Pat the dough into a round, flat disk. Wrap with Saran wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.

To prepare the filling:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, butter, and eggs. Stir in the pecans, salt, and bourbon. Bring to a boil over medium heat and then reduce the heat to low and keep at a simmer for 10 minutes. Once thickened, remove from heat and pour into a separate bowl and allow to chill in the fridge until barely scoopable.

To prepare the hand pies:

  1. Allow the dough to sit out about 5-10 minutes to allow it to become rollable. On a floured surface using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough out to just shy of 1/8”. Make sure to keep your surface under the dough floured so it doesn’t stick! Cut out 2-1/2” rounds of dough using a biscuit cutter or a sharp knife and rim of a glass. Place the rounds on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Whisk the egg in a small bowl with a teaspoon of water and using a pastry brush or basting brush to brush a thin layer of egg wash around the perimeter of the dough on half of the circles. Spoon 2-2-1/2 teaspoons of the cooled filling into the center of these dough pieces and top each with a round of dough that doesn’t have the egg wash. Use the floured prongs of a fork to crimp the edges and arrange them on the baking sheet 1-1/2” apart. Repeat this process with any remaining dough by re-rolling and cutting and filling. Place the prepared pies in the freezer for at least 3 hours to chill.
  2. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 and brush a thin layer of  the remaining egg wash on the top of the pies. Vent the top by pricking a fork into the top of each and bake until bronzed, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven to cool while you prepare the topping.
  3. Gently heat the heavy whipping cream on the stove or in the microwave until just barely bubbling. Pour the cream over top of the chocolate in a small bowl and cover the bowl with plastic wrap for 5 minutes. Whisk the melted mixture together to combine and allow it to sit out about 10 minutes until it becomes a thickened mixture that won’t spill over the edges of the pies. Spread a small round of the ganache on top of each cooled pie and top with additional chopped pecans, if desired.

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy recipe by Wood and spoon blog. This is a bourbon, lemon, cinnamon and honey cocktail sweetened with pre made red diamond sweet tea. A southern take on the classic cocktail. Serve it warm for a refreshingly cozy holiday winter beverage. Make for a crowd for parties too! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

Here in the South, we’re serious about a few things. I’ve talked about this a few times, but as I settle into life as a Southerner, I become more and more aware of what we’re all about here.

For starters, kindness and manners matter. If you’re not calling your Mama “Ma’am,” you might as well be sticking your tongue out at her. We hold the door open for others, gentlemen stand when ladies arrive, and we always, always, ALWAYS say the blessing before a meal. End of story.

Second, we love football. SEC is everything and the fall ballgame schedule reigns supreme. If you’re not into football, you’re just not in [Slowly raises hand and backs away].

And finally, we take pride in our food. Almost everyone has a favorite fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, or pecan pie recipe. Each family has a secret marinade or sauce, an heirloom cookie recipe, or method by which they prefer to season their greens. Southern food is rooted in years of tradition, history, and tried and true flavors that have been perfected over time. It’s not something we take lightly.

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy recipe by Wood and spoon blog. This is a bourbon, lemon, cinnamon and honey cocktail sweetened with pre made red diamond sweet tea. A southern take on the classic cocktail. Serve it warm for a refreshingly cozy holiday winter beverage. Make for a crowd for parties too! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

Take for instance sweet tea. It’s a staple here, and there’s not a soul who hasn’t enjoyed a cold glass on a hot day. When I first moved to the Deep South, I grew to appreciate a perfectly sweetened glass of tea, and now that I’ve experienced great tea, it’s almost painful to drink bad tea.

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy recipe by Wood and spoon blog. This is a bourbon, lemon, cinnamon and honey cocktail sweetened with pre made red diamond sweet tea. A southern take on the classic cocktail. Serve it warm for a refreshingly cozy holiday winter beverage. Make for a crowd for parties too! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

This sweet tea hot toddy is a nod to all that is good in the South. Smooth bourbon, local honey, and incredibly delicious sweet tea combine to make a toasty beverage that will make even a Northerner talk with a drawl. This is a beverage you’ll want to cozy up to all winter long.

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy recipe by Wood and spoon blog. This is a bourbon, lemon, cinnamon and honey cocktail sweetened with pre made red diamond sweet tea. A southern take on the classic cocktail. Serve it warm for a refreshingly cozy holiday winter beverage. Make for a crowd for parties too! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

One of my favorite things about this sweet tea hot toddy is how simple it is. Instead of brewing my own tea, I lean on an Alabama-born made product, Red Diamond Ready-to-Drink Sweet Tea, for the perfect balance of sweet and tea. Their sweet tea is one that even the most discerning of Southerners would trust, and because it safely heats to warm temperature, it is the perfect add-in for this sweet tea hot toddy. Plus, it’s brewed from actual tea leaves with no shortcuts- just sugar, tea, and water.

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy recipe by Wood and spoon blog. This is a bourbon, lemon, cinnamon and honey cocktail sweetened with pre made red diamond sweet tea. A southern take on the classic cocktail. Serve it warm for a refreshingly cozy holiday winter beverage. Make for a crowd for parties too! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

To make this sweet tea hot toddy, we start by warming our tea. Allow a lemon slice, honey, and a cinnamon stick to mull in the hot liquid for a minute or two before adding in the bourbon. Give it a taste. If your taste buds are anything like mine, you’ll be ready to guzzle a glass (or four), but feel free to add more tea or lemon depending on your preferences. If you’re interested in serving a crowd, brew up a big batch and allow guests to ladle mugs straight off of the stove. This sweet tea hot toddy is a great fall beverage that will set the mood for your upcoming holiday parties and gatherings.

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy recipe by Wood and spoon blog. This is a bourbon, lemon, cinnamon and honey cocktail sweetened with pre made red diamond sweet tea. A southern take on the classic cocktail. Serve it warm for a refreshingly cozy holiday winter beverage. Make for a crowd for parties too! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

Many thanks to Red Diamond Coffee & Tea for sponsoring this post, and thank YOU for supporting brands that make this site possible. I hope you’ll pick up some Red Diamond sweet tea and give this sweet tea hot toddy a shot (or two)! Happy drinking, y’all!

This post is sponsored by Red Diamond. All opinions expressed are my own. 

If you like this sweet tea hot toddy you should check out:

Pinot Ritas

Brown Butter Bourbon Madeleines 

Derby Pie Cookies

Homemade Chocolates

Sparkling Margaritas

 

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Sweet Tea Hot Toddy

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy recipe by Wood and spoon blog. This is a bourbon, lemon, cinnamon and honey cocktail sweetened with pre made red diamond sweet tea. A southern take on the classic cocktail. Serve it warm for a refreshingly cozy holiday winter beverage. Make for a crowd for parties too! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

This sweet tea hot toddy is sweetened with honey and ready made sweet tea. Bourbon is added for a boozy and flavorful finish.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Beverage
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (170 gm) Sweet Tea (I use Red Diamond)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 lemon slice (1/4” thick)
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
  • 11/2 ounces bourbon

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan on the stove, heat your sweet tea until hot. Bring barely to a boil and carefully pour into a mug. Add the cinnamon stick, lemon slice, and honey, and allow the mixture to cool for five minutes. Stir in the bourbon and enjoy!

 

Brown Butter Bourbon Madeleines with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Pecans

Brown Butter Bourbon Madeleines with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Pecans. These are buttery French cookies filled with booze, butter, and topped with decadent rich bourbon ganache. Each little treat is fluffy, like a cake meets cookie and it topped with yummy toppings. These make terrific fall treats for cocktail parties or gifts. These traditional bakes are sweet and elegant and a fun treat to learn how to make! Learn more on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood!

It’s no surprise that I like desserts.

I like cakes with buttery icing and cookies that leave your fingers gooey with chocolate. I like golden-crusted pies with sweet, bubbling insides. I like drippy ice cream cones, eating dough off the beaters, and pastries that leave flakes all over the kitchen, but there’s still one thing that’s sweeter than all of the treats in the world.

Brown Butter Bourbon Madeleines with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Pecans. These are buttery French cookies filled with booze, butter, and topped with decadent rich bourbon ganache. Each little treat is fluffy, like a cake meets cookie and it topped with yummy toppings. These make terrific fall treats for cocktail parties or gifts. These traditional bakes are sweet and elegant and a fun treat to learn how to make! Learn more on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood!

In my world, it’s seeing little eyes peer over the edge of the counter. It’s the little hands that paw at the back of my apron, begging for a handful of marshmallows or chocolate chips. It’s kissing pairs of  cinnamon sugar coated lips and the look of joyful surprise on those faces when they come home to the smell of fresh baked cookies or loaves of bread. 

Just like with anything else we might partake in, the food we make in our kitchens is only as special as the people we’re sharing it with. So if you needed a reminder today to bake something on behalf of your neighbor or your boyfriend or your Nana who lives 300 miles away, this is it. Bake for other people- it tastes better that way.

These little brown butter bourbon madeleines are the cutest. They’re rich and satisfying despite being only a bite or two, and every single morsel is loaded with flavor- first butter and then bourbon, followed by rich chocolate and pecans. These treats are entirely decadent to enjoy, plus just look at them. They’re adorable. Who wouldn’t want to dive into these?

Brown Butter Bourbon Madeleines with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Pecans. These are buttery French cookies filled with booze, butter, and topped with decadent rich bourbon ganache. Each little treat is fluffy, like a cake meets cookie and it topped with yummy toppings. These make terrific fall treats for cocktail parties or gifts. These traditional bakes are sweet and elegant and a fun treat to learn how to make! Learn more on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood!

Truthfully, I’ve not made a ton of madeleines before these brown butter bourbon madeleines. I only invested in a pan (this one!) about a year ago and have since dabbled with recipes and how-to’s that I’ve found on the internet. My first few attempts were good, but what made me settle on these brown butter bourbon madeleines is that every single flavor here is elevated in a really special way. Madeleines are already known for their buttery flavor, and here, the brown butter is the star. We add bourbon for a subtle warmth and caramel flavor, and then we dip the whole thing in a bourbon ganache that is ultra boozy and screams “CHOCOLATE!” Pecans seemed like a natural fit here too, so I thought, “Why not?” 

Brown Butter Bourbon Madeleines with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Pecans. These are buttery French cookies filled with booze, butter, and topped with decadent rich bourbon ganache. Each little treat is fluffy, like a cake meets cookie and it topped with yummy toppings. These make terrific fall treats for cocktail parties or gifts. These traditional bakes are sweet and elegant and a fun treat to learn how to make! Learn more on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood!

If you’ve never made madeleines before, here’s a few ins and outs you’ll want to take note of:

First, a madeleine pan is kinda essential, but not a deal breaker. Yes, I hear you, you don’t want another random pan that only suits one purpose. I get it. Feel free to try this exact recipe in a mini muffin tin. You’ll miss out on the pretty shell shape, but I’ve tried it and they still make for a yummy treat. Second, resting your batter here serves a purpose but we can work around it. Allowing the batter to chill in the fridge for a few hours helps to ensure your madeleines puff and rise to create that signature hump in the middle (click here for more on that), but you can totally skip that too if you’d prefer. They’ll still puff up some. Third: madeleines are loaded with butter and are best eaten the day they’re prepared. They’ll still taste delicious on day two, but they’re really meant to be enjoyed nearly fresh from the oven. Not that they’d stick around that long anyways. 

Brown Butter Bourbon Madeleines with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Pecans. These are buttery French cookies filled with booze, butter, and topped with decadent rich bourbon ganache. Each little treat is fluffy, like a cake meets cookie and it topped with yummy toppings. These make terrific fall treats for cocktail parties or gifts. These traditional bakes are sweet and elegant and a fun treat to learn how to make! Learn more on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood!

If you’re a little unsure on browning butter, don’t worry- I’ve got you covered with a tutorial here. Not sure about ganache? Got you covered on that too. The ganache on these brown butter bourbon madeleines isn’t 100% necessary, but I think that added element contributes loads of flavor and makes these little guys over the top. If you’d rather keep them plain Jane, a simple sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar would do nicely too. Your choice.

Give these brown butter bourbon madeleines a try and let me know what you think! Have a great Tuesday and cheers to you!

If you like these brown butter bourbon madeleines you should try:

Derby Pie Cookies

Pecan Toffee Blondies

Derby Pie Bars

Candied Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter Blondies: Two Ways

 

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Brown Butter Bourbon Madeleines with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Pecans

Brown Butter Bourbon Madeleines with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Pecans. These are buttery French cookies filled with booze, butter, and topped with decadent rich bourbon ganache. Each little treat is fluffy, like a cake meets cookie and it topped with yummy toppings. These make terrific fall treats for cocktail parties or gifts. These traditional bakes are sweet and elegant and a fun treat to learn how to make! Learn more on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood!

These brown butter bourbon madeleines are rich and buttery with a dark chocolate bourbon ganache and a sprinkle of toasted pecans.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 18 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the madeleines:

  • 7 tablespoons (100 gm) unsalted butter, plus more for buttering the pan
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup (70 gm) sugar
  • 11/2 tablespoons bourbon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (70 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the topping:

  • ½ cup (120 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • 4 ounces chopped dark chocolate (I use 60-70% cocoa baking bars)
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • ½ cup (55 gm) finely chopped toasted pecans

Instructions

To make the madeleines:

  1. Place the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat and brown it. Allow the butter to melt completely and the continue cooking, stirring the whole time, until golden flecks appear at the bottom of the pan and the mixture begins to smell warm and nutty. Do not burn the butter. Remove the mixture from heat and pour immediately into a small bowl.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar until pale and slightly thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Add the bourbon and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Add the flour and salt and fold to combine. Add the browned butter and fold the mixture just until combined. Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge to chill for 2 hours or overnight.
  3. When ready to make, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and melt 2 tablespoons of butter to liberally grease a madeleine pan. Spoon 1 tablespoons of batter into each madeleine pan and then bake in the preheated oven for about 13 minutes, or until the tops are puffed and the edges and bottom of each madeleine is golden. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool while you make your ganache.

To finish your madeleines:

  1. Warm the heavy whipping cream over the stove or in the microwave just until it’s about to boil. Remove from heat and then pour over the dark chocolate in a medium-sized bowl. Allow it to rest for 3-4 minutes. Whisk the warm cream and chocolate together until smooth. If small chunks of chocolate remain, place back in the microwave for 20 second increments until it is smooth. Stir in the bourbon.
  2. Dip each madeleine in the ganache and then sprinkle with/dip in pecans. Set the madeleines aside on a sheet of parchment or wax paper to set. Madeleines are best eaten the day they are prepared but can be saved overnight if needed.

Peach Lattice Pie

Peach Lattice Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an all butter double pie crust with bourbon filled with cinnamon and vanilla bean peaches, all baked into a classic southern pie. the recipe is from Amber Wilson of "For the love of the south" cookbook. Find the recipe and how to for this chunky lattice summer dessert on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

Happy Monday, y’all! I hope you’re slaying this week with so much joy and buckets of fun. Today I’m sharing a classic recipe for peach lattice pie along with a gift guide for the Dads that we’re celebrating this upcoming Father’s Day. Let’s get started!

You know, we don’t spend enough time loving on the guys around here. It’s not uncommon for me to roll my eyes or poke fun at my husband on the pages of this blog, but the truth is that he’s a killer dude and dad, and he deserves all the gratitude and recognition my wallet has to offer. Thus, I give you the gift guide for the Dads who have everything. No need to stress over the perfect present- I’ve done it for you.

Peach Lattice Pie and Father's Day Gift Guide

  1. Filson Duffel Bag– The manly choice for luggage, Filson’s rugged design is durable and time-tested, the perfect gift for a guy on the go. 
  2. World’s Best Dad Mug– Calling all “The Office” fans! You dad wants this Michael Scott-inspired mug. He needs it. He deserves it. 
  3. RIF6 Cube Mobile Projector– A 2 inch movie projector with built-in speakers and a LED display so that you can make a movie theatre out of your smartphone or computer wherever you are. 
  4. Lululemon Metal Vent Tech Shirt– This shirt contains Silverscent technology that inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria. No more stinky laundry here. 
  5. Toppling Timbers– LIFESIZE JENGA. Enough said. 
  6. Jack Rudy Tonic Trio– Quality small batch bar goods for your mixologist man.
  7. DJI Spark Drone– If your dude doesn’t have a drone yet, now is the time. 
  8. Craft Beer Glasses– Italian glassware fit for even the thirstiest of beer snobs.
  9. Espro Travel French Press and Mug– This is the on-the-go version of the double filter French press that I use at home. Get this for the guy who needs good coffee, even on the run. 
  10. Traeger Pellet Grill– My husband FLIPPED over this grill. With the versatility to grill, smoke, bake, braise, roast, and BBQ, Traeger grills provide consistent results and excellent taste, all wrapped up in a unique and aesthetically pleasing design. Check out their line of grills!

Peach Lattice Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an all butter double pie crust with bourbon filled with cinnamon and vanilla bean peaches, all baked into a classic southern pie. the recipe is from Amber Wilson of "For the love of the south" cookbook. Find the recipe and how to for this chunky lattice summer dessert on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

If you, like me, have found that the way to your Dad’s heart isn’t gift but food, I’ve got ya covered on that end too. Look no further than this peach lattice pie. With a bourbon and butter filled pie crust and a cinnamon scented peach filling, this peach lattice pie is the perfect treat to make for your guy this Father’s Day. 

To make this peach lattice pie, we start with the crust. The dry ingredients are stirred together before a healthy amount of butter is cut in. The seriously special part of this crust is the bourbon. Where normally we would add icy water to the butter and flour mixture, here, a smidge of bourbon is added to the water so that our crust just barely rings of those yummy caramel flavors. Once the crust comes together, set it aside to chill in the fridge while you prep your filling. 

Peach Lattice Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an all butter double pie crust with bourbon filled with cinnamon and vanilla bean peaches, all baked into a classic southern pie. the recipe is from Amber Wilson of "For the love of the south" cookbook. Find the recipe and how to for this chunky lattice summer dessert on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

A whole pound of fruit fills this peach lattice pie. Sugar, thickener, and the smallest bit of cinnamon round out the remaining ingredients that will stuff into the pie. Stir it all together and allow the fruit to get sweet and juicy while you roll out dough to line the pie plate. Scatter the filling into the plate and lattice the pie closed. Bake in the oven until the crust is golden, the fruit bubbling beneath it.

Peach Lattice Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an all butter double pie crust with bourbon filled with cinnamon and vanilla bean peaches, all baked into a classic southern pie. the recipe is from Amber Wilson of "For the love of the south" cookbook. Find the recipe and how to for this chunky lattice summer dessert on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

I’m thrilled to be sharing this peach lattice pie from Amber Wilson’s new book, “For the Love of the South.” A fellow Southerner (she even graduated from my alma mater!), Amber captures the essence of the South with her words, recipes, and flavor combinations. Although there were a number of recipes that begged to be made, I knew this peach pie would be a surefire hit at home. I’m honored to share Amber’s work with you today, and I hope you’ll check out her book soon.

Peach Lattice Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an all butter double pie crust with bourbon filled with cinnamon and vanilla bean peaches, all baked into a classic southern pie. the recipe is from Amber Wilson of "For the love of the south" cookbook. Find the recipe and how to for this chunky lattice summer dessert on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

Don’t forget to love on the Dads in the coming week. Stay tuned for a second recipe that will be coming at the end of the week! Happy baking, y’all!

If you like this peach lattice pie you should check out:

Peach Berry Pie

Peach Semifreddo

Berry Almond Streusel Pie

Peach Crumb Muffins

 

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Peach Lattice Pie

Peach Lattice Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an all butter double pie crust with bourbon filled with cinnamon and vanilla bean peaches, all baked into a classic southern pie. the recipe is from Amber Wilson of "For the love of the south" cookbook. Find the recipe and how to for this chunky lattice summer dessert on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

This peach lattice pie has an all-butter crust that is spiked with bourbon and a cinnamon and lemon zest scented filling. A fun take on a classic Southern dessert, this peach pie is hard to beat!

  • Author: Amber Wilson
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
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Ingredients

For the pie dough:

  • 21/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 cup ice water

For the filling:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 pound unpeeled peach wedges (from about 4 peaches)
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch

For assembly:

  • 1 egg, for brushing
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cubed
  • Sugar, for sprinkling

Instructions

Make the pie dough:

  1. In a stand mixer fitted with a flat beater attachment, combine the flour, salt, and sugar with your fingertips. Add the cold butter and mix until the dough looks like coarse sand. Turn the machine off and blend any large pieces of butter with your fingertips, making sure there are no pieces of butter larger than the size of a pea.
  2. In a measuring cup, combine the bourbon and ice water. With the stand mixer on low speed, slowly dribble in the bourbon water one tablespoon at a time. Add just enough liquid for the dough to pull away from the sides of the bowl. (You may not need to use all of the bourbon water for the dough.) Pinch the dough between your fingertips ; it should be smooth, not sticky or crumbly. Gently press the dough together. Divide in half and gently shape each half into a flat disk. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 3 days.

Make the filling:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon and vanilla seeds and rub between your fingers to combine (this infuses the sugar). Add the peaches, sea salt, and cornstarch. Toss until the peaches are evenly coated.

Assemble and bake the pie:

  1. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one piece of dough, rotating in quarter-turns, until 12-14” in diameter and 1/8” thick. Gently fit the dough into a 9” pie plate. Trim the edges of the dough with scissors, making sure to leave at least a 1” overhang.
  2. Crack the egg into a small dish. Without breaking the yolk, use a pastry brush to gently coat the sides and bottom of the pie shell with a thin layer of egg white (reserve the remaining egg for brushing the top of the pie). Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, roll out the remaining disk of dough, rotating in quarter-turns until 1/8” thickness. Cut the dough into six 1-1/2” wide strips. Place the strips on a baking sheet in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  4. Tumble the peaches into the chilled pie shell. Scatter the butter over the peaches. Place three strips of dough on top of the peaches horizontally. Then, one by one, place the remaining strips vertically, lifting every other horizontal strip to create a basket weave lattice. Trim the edges with scissors even with the bottom crust. Gently press to seal the edges of the pie dough so the top and bottom crusts seal together, then carefully roll the crust over itself so that the rolled edge sits on the lip of the pie plate. Crimp the edges. Beat the reserved egg and gently brush onto the edges and top of the pie. Sprinkle the top with sugar. Place the pie in the fridge for 20 minutes to set the pastry.
  5. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a piece of foil.
  6. Place the pie on the lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake until the crust is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Cover the edges of the crust with foil if it is browning too quickly. Let cool on a wire rack for an hour if you can wait. Leftovers will keep at room temperature for 2 days or in the fridge for 3 days.

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 1x
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Ingredients

  • ¾ cup (170 gm) unsalted butter, chopped
  • 11/4 cup (250 gm) light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup( 50 gm) sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 23 tablespoons good quality bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 21/4 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.

 

Maple Apple Cake

Maple Apple Cake Recipe By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a 3 layer buttermilk cake filled with a bourbon apple pie filling, candied nuts, and maple brown sugar buttercream frosting. This is the perfect party cake for fall and is a great way to use up fresh apples. Get tips and how to on making stacking, frosting, and filling layered cakes. Find the recipe and inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com

There should have been maple apple cake. Yes, a birthday can be well-celebrated without stacked autumnal desserts, but if you only turn thirty once, shouldn’t it include the best tasting cake of the year? If you’re celebrating a birthday anytime soon, don’t make my mistake- make sure your party includes this cake.

As you get older, birthdays get kinda weird. Sometimes it feels a little uncomfortable to let people celebrate you the way they might have in your teens or early twenties. There’s usually a million other things to do and a dwindling list of friends who are available to celebrate.  Sometimes there are kids involved, which makes the idea of planning any party that you can’t buy in a hyper-themed box set from Target seem like a huge waste of time. Energy, as with most other things in adulthood, is a limiting factor here too, because who actually wants to plan or order one more thing, particularly if it can’t be done from the convenience of the Amazon app on your phone?

Maple Apple Cake Recipe By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a 3 layer buttermilk cake filled with a bourbon apple pie filling, candied nuts, and maple brown sugar buttercream frosting. This is the perfect party cake for fall and is a great way to use up fresh apples. Get tips and how to on making stacking, frosting, and filling layered cakes. Find the recipe and inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com

It feels right to celebrate other people. I’m the first one to volunteer a cake or a bubbly cocktail when a friend’s birthday rolls around. I have stacks of birthday cards just waiting to be personalized and delivered to the people I love. But while I adore birthdays or any other excuse for confetti and  balloons, there’s a little bit of pride that gets in the way when it comes to celebrating myself. Isn’t that gross?

On one hand, I don’t want to be the self-centered fool who says, “Look at me, look at me, it’s my birthday! Buy me a crown and make me a cake, minion!” But on the other hand, I kinda like the idea of rolling up to my own birthday party feeling like Beyonce- a posse of girlfriends, popped bottles, and self-assured sass in tow. Even the most modest of people have to admit that there’s nothing like being the birthday queen. Candles and champagne, confetti and cheers make even the most conservative human feel like the million bucks they deserve to be on the annual recognition of their birth. Is there anything wrong with wanting to feel the love?

Maple Apple Cake Recipe By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a 3 layer buttermilk cake filled with a bourbon apple pie filling, candied nuts, and maple brown sugar buttercream frosting. This is the perfect party cake for fall and is a great way to use up fresh apples. Get tips and how to on making stacking, frosting, and filling layered cakes. Find the recipe and inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com

This year, I felt celebrated. My girlfriends changed a scheduled meeting into an impromptu birthday party and my family traveled north to celebrate with presents and pie. My husband treated me to several thoughtful birthday happies, and it didn’t hurt that we wound up in Chicago for my big day. Gifts and cake and cards are fine, but the best part of a birthday is being loved on by the people you love back; no amount of Beyonce can top that feeling.

Maple Apple Cake Recipe By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a 3 layer buttermilk cake filled with a bourbon apple pie filling, candied nuts, and maple brown sugar buttercream frosting. This is the perfect party cake for fall and is a great way to use up fresh apples. Get tips and how to on making stacking, frosting, and filling layered cakes. Find the recipe and inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com

My one regret this year is that I didn’t get to eat this maple apple cake.

I want this cake to be my birthday cake. This is the kind of dessert I want to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. As heinous it is to admit, I want to frost my entire face with the maple buttercream from this cake and casually lick it off all day long. If that makes me a disgusting human, I frankly do not care. 

Three rounds of buttermilk cake layered with a syrupy, fresh apple filling and candied nuts, this maple apple cake is a stunner and nothing short of indulgent. The buttercream is sweetened with brown sugar and maple syrup, the perfect addition to such a fall-tasting cake. If warm flavors, fresh fruit, and the optional addition of bourbon sounds like a winning combination to you, this maple apple cake just may be the stuff your dreams are made of.

Maple Apple Cake Recipe By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a 3 layer buttermilk cake filled with a bourbon apple pie filling, candied nuts, and maple brown sugar buttercream frosting. This is the perfect party cake for fall and is a great way to use up fresh apples. Get tips and how to on making stacking, frosting, and filling layered cakes. Find the recipe and inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com

To prepare it, we start by baking up some cake layers. I decided the added tang of buttermilk would help to offset some of the cake’s sweetness, so I adapted a favorite recipe from this cake. The cake layers can be baked ahead, wrapped, and frozen, making day of cake assembly fairly simple. The apple filling is also a make-ahead item, consisting of fresh apples, butter, and brown sugar. If your adult palate is so inclined, try out this maple apple cake with a bit of bourbon added to the filling. Even though the alcohol cooks off, those warm bourbon flavors remain and even the least discerning tastebuds will be able to tell that this cake has a punch of something special.

Maple Apple Cake Recipe By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a 3 layer buttermilk cake filled with a bourbon apple pie filling, candied nuts, and maple brown sugar buttercream frosting. This is the perfect party cake for fall and is a great way to use up fresh apples. Get tips and how to on making stacking, frosting, and filling layered cakes. Find the recipe and inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com

On the day you plan to assemble the cake, prepare your maple frosting, level your cakes, and begin stacking. The apple filling is pooled between cake layers with a dam of frosting and is sprinkled with a handful of chopped candied nuts. Roasted nuts can be substituted here, but certainly a party cake like this deserves the pizazz of caramelized sugar. This maple apple cake will keep well in the fridge for a few days, but unless you’re eating it all by yourself, I can almost guarantee it won’t last that long.

I’m sharing today’s maple apple cake along with a number of other apple recipes prepared by a few blogger friends for the #aisforapples party. If you’re dying to use up all of that October produce, be sure to check out the other recipes listed below. Many thanks to Rebecca, Ruth, and Annie for rallying the troops in this apple extravaganza. Give this maple apple cake a try and celebrate your people well this week. Happy Thursday and happy fall, ya’ll!Maple Apple Cake Recipe By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a 3 layer buttermilk cake filled with a bourbon apple pie filling, candied nuts, and maple brown sugar buttercream frosting. This is the perfect party cake for fall and is a great way to use up fresh apples. Get tips and how to on making stacking, frosting, and filling layered cakes. Find the recipe and inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this maple apple cake, be sure to try:

Caramel Apple Pie

Apple Crumb Cake

Apple Crisp Ice Cream

Breakfast Danish

Maple Oatmeal Biscuits 

 

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Maple Apple Cake

Maple Apple Cake Recipe By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a 3 layer buttermilk cake filled with a bourbon apple pie filling, candied nuts, and maple brown sugar buttercream frosting. This is the perfect party cake for fall and is a great way to use up fresh apples. Get tips and how to on making stacking, frosting, and filling layered cakes. Find the recipe and inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com

This maple apple cake is three layers of buttermilk cake filled with a bourbon apple pie filling, candied nuts, and maple buttercream. 

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
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Ingredients

For the apple filling:

  • 2 cups (230 gm) peeled and ¼-1/2” diced apples
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup (115 gm) brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice or good quality bourbon

For the cake:

  • 21/2 cups (325 gm) cake flour
  • 21/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 11/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup (225 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 gm) sugar
  • ¾ cup (165 gm) packed brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 11/2 cups (360 mL) buttermilk
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla

For the maple buttercream:

  • 2 cups (450 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (100 gm) brown sugar
  • 41/2 cups (510 gm) powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup (205 gm) maple syrup
  • 1 cup chopped candied pecans (optional)

Instructions

To prepare the apple filling:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook the butter, stirring continuously until it melts and barely begins to turn golden brown.  Immediately add the apples and stir to combine. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to a simmer, and cook for 5 minutes or until the juices have thickened slightly and the apples have barely softened.  Remove the filling to a heat-safe bowl and cool completely prior to using.

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the sides and line the bottoms of 3-8” round cake pans with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the cake flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula and add each egg one at a time on low speed, mixing just until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl. Add about 1/3 of the dry ingredients followed by the vanilla and about half of the buttermilk. Mix until combined and then repeat this process once more, finishing by adding the last third of the dry ingredients. Scrape the sides of the bowl and fold in any unincorporated bits of batter.
  4. Distribute the batter evenly among the three pans and bake in the preheated oven 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool completely prior to assembling cake.

To prepare the maple buttercream:

  1. Cream the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the brown sugar and cream for an additional minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the confectioner’s sugar. Mix on low speed until incorporated and then drizzle in the maple syrup. Beat on medium speed until well combined. If needed, add a bit of water to thin out frosting or add a bit more powdered sugar to thicken up. You can also briefly place the frosting in the fridge to firm up as needed.  

To assemble the cake:

  1. Use a serrated knife to level the cakes. Smooth a small amount of frosting on an 8” cake board or plate and center a single cake layer on top. Smooth a thin layer of frosting on top of the cake layer. Using a piping bag (see notes) fitted with a large round tip, pipe a dam around the outer rim of the top of the cake. The dam should be at least ¼-1/2” tall to prevent the apple filling from squirting out the sides. Spread approximately half of the apple filling inside the dam and sprinkle with about 1/3 of the nuts. Pipe a bit of frosting on top of the apple filling to help the next layer of cake stick. Stack the second cake layer on top and repeat the entire process once more. Place the final cake layer on top. Spread a thin coat of frosting (crumb coat) all over the cake and allow it to set up in the fridge prior to applying the final coat of frosting. You can skip this step if desired. Decorate the top of the cake with a few nuts and extra frosting, if desired. Cake will keep in the refrigerator covered in plastic for up to three days.

Notes

  • If you don’t have a piping bag, you can place 1-1/2 cups of frosting in a freezer Ziploc bag. Seal the bag and snip one of the corners off the end of the bag and use that to pipe frosting.
  • You can substitute different varieties of berries here, but the amount of sugar needed in the filling will differ based on which berry you choose. Adjust according to your preference.

Derby Pie Bars

Derby Pie Bars Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. This buttery shortbread bar is based on favorite Kentucky recipe. With a crumble crust, bourbon pecan pie and brown sugar filling, and a drizzle of chocolate these simple bars bake up quickly and are enjoyable for a crowd. Get the recipe in time for the Kentucky derby at www.thewoodandspoon.com.

In two days, I’ll be celebrating my fourth wedding anniversary. Yes, I already know what you’re thinking. You think I’m going to spend the next few paragraphs spouting about marriage, right? About love. About how my husband is the best, or how married life is hard, or about any number of silly things that I may have learned over the course of the past four years. Well, joke’s on you! Today we’re talking all about these derby pie bars.

Brett and I got married on my grandparent’s farm in Kentucky the week before The Derby. It was a small, outdoor ceremony on a private corner of the farm’s rolling green hills. I shivered through the ceremony, half nervous, half chilled from the wet air that blew on that gray day. We said “I Do,” tried not to make out in front of all of our friends and family, and headed to the reception which took place in a tobacco barn a short walk away. 

Derby Pie Bars Recipe

Derby Pie Bars Recipe

Derby Pie Bars Recipe

Derby Pie Bars Recipe

Derby Pie Bars Recipe
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Like any good Kentucky party, we served stout bourbon cocktails and danced to the music of a five piece bluegrass band. Our caterer passed small plates of Southern-inspired dishes to our guests, while others picked at the dessert table filled with bourbon balls, lemon squares, and even a humble little wedding cake that was made by yours truly. The day contained more than a few nods to our families, heritage, and even the Bluegrass state itself, but on the week before the Kentucky Derby, one dish that we really should have served is derby pie.

Derby Pie Bars Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. This buttery shortbread bar is based on favorite Kentucky recipe. With a crumble crust, bourbon pecan pie and brown sugar filling, and a drizzle of chocolate these simple bars bake up quickly and are enjoyable for a crowd. Get the recipe in time for the Kentucky derby at www.thewoodandspoon.com.

If you’re not familiar, derby pie is fudgy, chocolate and nut-filled pie that is traditionally served that first Saturday in May at Kentucky Derby. Rich and chocolaty with a subtle crunch from walnuts, the original pie is decadent and one of the few desserts that just screams “KENTUCKY” to me. These derby pie bars are adapted from the original pie but have a few twists of their own that make them a delicious Southern treat you can enjoy all year round.

Derby Pie Bars Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. This buttery shortbread bar is based on favorite Kentucky recipe. With a crumble crust, bourbon pecan pie and brown sugar filling, and a drizzle of chocolate these simple bars bake up quickly and are enjoyable for a crowd. Get the recipe in time for the Kentucky derby at www.thewoodandspoon.com.

To prepare these derby pie bars, we start with a shortbread crust. Sugar, flour, and the rest of the dry ingredients work in with a few tablespoons of butter to create a flaky bottom layer for our bars. Once baked, the crust is topped with a sprinkling of mini chocolate chips before being slathered in gooey, brown sugar pecan pie filling. Made with butter, brown sugar, a swig of bourbon, and more than a handful of pecans, the pie filling layer of these bars is sweet and not for the faint of heart. The whole thing gets baked in the oven, drizzled in chocolate, and cut into bite-sized bars. If you love pecan pie and chocolate, these bars are for you. If you love boozy desserts, crumbly crusts, and serving decadent treats at your Kentucky Derby party, these bars are practically begging to be made.

Derby Pie Bars Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. This buttery shortbread bar is based on favorite Kentucky recipe. With a crumble crust, bourbon pecan pie and brown sugar filling, and a drizzle of chocolate these simple bars bake up quickly and are enjoyable for a crowd. Get the recipe in time for the Kentucky derby at www.thewoodandspoon.com.Brett and I have no plans to attend the Derby this year, but I absolutely adore any treat that reminds me of our wedding day. While we may not actually share these bars on our anniversary this year, I am delighted to pass the recipe along to you. I hope that you’ll give them next week on Derby day and think of me! Stay tuned for next week, when I’ve got not one but TWO recipes to share with you guys! It will be a mouth-watering few days in these parts.

And on the off-chance that he’s reading- Brett, I love you. You make my life better and I’m grateful to be yours. Happy Anniversary.

Derby Pie Bars Recipe

If you like these derby pie bars, you may also like:

Kentucky Bourbon Balls and Homemade Chocolates

Homemade Chocolates

Candied Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Candied Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pecan Toffee Bars

Pecan Toffee Blondies

Crispy Butter Pecan Cookies

Crispy Butter Pecan Cookies

Pumpkin Pecan Cake with Burnt Sugar Frosting

Pumpkin Pecan Cake with Burnt Sugar Frosting
Pumpkin Pecan Cake with Burnt Sugar Frosting

 

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Derby Pie Bars

These derby pie bars are based on the favorite Kentucky pie. A shortbread crust, bourbon pecan pie filling, and a drizzle of semisweet chocolate make these bars rich, decadent, and delicious to serve a crowd.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the crust

  • ¾ cup (90 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (35 gm) corn starch
  • ½ cup (55 gm) confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, cold and cut into teaspoon sized pieces

For the filling

  • ¾ cup (170 gm) unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup (160 gm) brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons good quality bourbon (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups (320 gm) coarsely chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup (130 gm) mini chocolate chips, divided

Instructions

To prepare the crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9” square baking pan with aluminum foil with enough overhang on each side to easily remove the bars from the pan once baked. Spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, stir together the flour, corn starch, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry cutter or the backs of two forks, cut the diced butter into the dry ingredients until it becomes a coarse meal consistency with pea-sized clumps. Press the mixture evenly into the square pan and then chill for 5-10 minutes in the fridge. Then, bake in the preheat oven for about 15 minutes, or until the crust is set and then edges have just started to turn golden. Do not overbake. Set aside the cooked crust while you prepare the filling.

To prepare the filling

  1. Combine the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, and optional bourbon in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until the butter and sugar have dissolved. Once melted and no graininess from the sugar exists any longer, increase the heat to medium and bring to a boil, boiling for 3 minutes. After three minutes have passed, remove the pan from the heat. Add the chopped pecans and heavy cream to a medium sized bowl and stir in the butter/brown sugar mixture until evenly combined.
  2. Sprinkle ½ cup of the mini chocolate chips over the cooked crust. Spread the warm filling over top of the chocolate chips and smooth out. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until the edges and parts of the center are bubbling and the bars have turned caramel in color. Allow the bars to cool completely prior to removing from the pan (you can speed this process up in the fridge). Remove from pan by pulling out the foil liner. Melt the remaining chocolate chips in a microwave on low heat in 15 second increments or over a double boiler. Drizzle bars with chocolate and allow to set. Cut into 16 bars and serve at room temp.

Notes

  • Be sure to allow bars to cool completely prior to cutting. You can place them in the fridge or freezer briefly to expedite this process.
  • The drizzling chocolate can seize up if it gets too hot while melting. Be sure to melt on low heat and (if microwaving) in short increments so that you get smooth chocolate.

Recipe Adapted From: Once Upon A Chef