I don’t think you need a reason to make cookies, but if you are looking for an excuse, both Valentine’s Day and the upcoming long weekend are two really good ones! These are not just any cookies either they are a perfect pairing of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and bourbon which adds a subtle caramel taste. James is a bourbon lover and has a collection that he is always growing. I am not a bourbon drinker, but I do love the smell and thought the perfect Valentines gift for James (and probably most guys) would be to make bourbon chocolate chip cookies. Over the past weekend, I had two guys who happily tasted the various recipes with varying amounts of bourbon and below is the winner!
1 cup softened unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
6 tablespoons Bourbon (Makers Mark)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
Cream together the butter and sugars in a mixer. Add the eggs, bourbon and vanilla, making sure to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl. Add the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder and mix on low until everything is incorporated. Add the chips and make sure everything is fully mixed together.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge overnight. The dough can be chilled for up to 48 hours but I usually just make it the day before and chill overnight. If you do not have time to chill overnight refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350
Scoop out a golf sized balls of dough and roll it into a ball. Place the dough on parchment paper with space between each ball because they will spread out a little. Bake for about 12 minutes until just slightly golden around the edges. Remove from oven and let rest on the baking sheet.