December 21, 2014: Drunken (southern) Uncles!  That Bourbon And Brown Butter Cookie – With White Chocolate Chunks – Recipe!

I made these for the Dark Matter cookie exchange and, since so many of you asked (there must’ve been upwards of two or three of you!), I’m sharing my version of this recipe.  I say “my version” because I used this recipe ( as a template and refined to my liking.  To achieve the taste, texture and consistency I wanted, I modified the Bakergirl recipe by cutting out a 1/4 cup of cafe flour, eliminating the baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon, and, oh yeah, adding just a touch more bourbon.  Instead of the suggested two tablespoons, I went with cup of Makers Mark 46.  And, finally, instead of milk (or dark) chocolate, I went with white chocolate because I felt it best complimented the bourbon flavour without overshadowing it.

The Ingredients

2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 eggs (I used duck eggs because they’re richer)
2 bars white chocolate
1 1/4 cup (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, browned
1 1/2 cups brown sugar (I used 1 cup light brown sugar + 1/2 cup dark brown sugar)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

The Instructions

1. Brown your butter over medium-high heat until it attains a nutty brown appearance, then cover and refrigerate.

2. Combine your flour and set aside.

3. Once your butter has cooled, combine with brown and granulated sugar.  Once creamed, add the vanilla, the eggs and, finally, the bourbon.

4. Combine with the flour (I used my hands), then put it back in the refrigerator and allow it to chill overnight.

5. The following day, chop your white chocolate.

6. Depending on how bing you want your cookies, use 3-4 white chocolate chunks per cookies.  Roll them into balls, then flatten them.

7. Bake them at 350 fahrenheit for anywhere from 13-15 minutes.

8. Let them cool, then enjoy them with a glass of milk (with a shot of bourbon).


I just made a batch for Christmas.  Tomorrow, Akemi and I (and the dogs) will be making the 4-6 hour drive to Montreal.  We’ll head out early tomorrow morning and I’m sure it’ll be smooth sailing – despite the fact that the “change engine oil” light has been on all week and indicates I’m at 1% engine oil.  Normally, I’d be worried, but Tony at the office had the oil changed and assured me it’s just a matter of resetting the indicator – which has proven all but impossible despite my various attempts.

Anyway – ROAD TRIP!  Hopefully there will still be some cookies left by the time I arrive.

25 thoughts on “December 21, 2014: Drunken (Southern) Uncles! That Bourbon and Brown Butter Cookie – with white chocolate chunks – recipe!

  1. Dang it! I *just* finished making a big batch of my shortbread cookies. They’re a recipe from a cookbook that my mom got as a wedding present way back in ’47, and they’re the best recipe I’ve ever tasted – nice and buttery and not too hard or dry. They’re a big hit at my office where people insist that I make them every year. Anyway, not sure I’ll have time (or energy!) to get these ones made by Christmas. Shoot. Next year, perhaps.

    I’m sure you’re not at 1% oil capacity, probably just rated life. And yeah, if they didn’t go through the procedure to reset the counter it’s fine anyway. What kind of car did you wind up with there? Hopefully the dogs will be comfy (I assume they’re going with you.)

    Is it okay to eat bourbon cookies and drive?? 🙂

  2. 1 CUP of Bourbon? Hmm, Now I understand the name Drunkin Uncles.

    Have a safe trip and don’t forget Jelly’s stroller!

  3. Hey, have you heard about making homemade vanilla extract? There was recipe on food network using vanilla beans soaked in bourbon. I’m on the iPad (hard to use) but I can look it up tomorrow on my desktop , if your interested.

  4. OH MY GOSH!!!! Hey everybody, It’s The Sound Of Music Sing-Along on ABC!!!!! I’ll be back in a few hours, or earlier if I lose my voice!! 🙂

  5. Safe travels, my friend. I’ll join family & friends in Arkansas (USA) next weekend.

    Where are other members of our online community spending the holidays?

  6. Have a safe trip Joe! Travel seems to make your pugs sleepy, so hopefully it’ll be a smooth trip.

    As for the Drunken Uncles, I’m thinking of trying them along with my annual mince meat pie. Is the baking temperature still 350F like the original recipe? I’ll let you know how they turn out.

  7. Looking forward to seeing your mama again. Have a safe trip. I guess the dogs packed their finest outfits.

  8. Dang! That recipe must make a whole lot of cookies! I may give them a try for New Year’s Eve when we start running low on the Christmas cookies. And will probably cut the recipe in half.

    Hey, gforce! I’ve been looking for a good shortbread recipe. Will you share?

    Safe travels, Joe and Akemi! And safe travels to any of you who will be on the road or in the air during the holidays. I’ll be home cooking my brains out for a traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner. Minus the bacalao. And substituting fried shrimp for the fried smelt.

    @ponytail: My daughter and I were watching, too! She commented that she thought the nuns were a little out of line singing “How do you solve a problem like Maria” as she is walking down the aisle. 😉

  9. Boy o boy…those boozy cookies sure brought some folks outta da woodwork. 🙂


  10. I have a Chevy Silverado and to reset my oil change light I turn the key all the way on without starting and press the gas pedal all the way to the floor three time and it resets the system.

  11. @ Sparrow_hawk – I agree! I couldn’t believe those nuns were talking like that the first time they sang that song…. “She’s a darling, she’s a demon, she’s a lamb. She’d out pester any pest…” How rude! But some of the other words were very complimentary, like, “How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?”, “How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?”, “How do you keep a wave upon the sand?”.

    The song that Big Mother sang, “Climb Every Mountain” had a surprise word that distracted me and I had to get the dictionary out:

    Climb every mountain
    Ford every stream
    Follow every rainbow
    Till you find your dream

    “Ford” every stream?? I thought it was “forge”. Ford means to cross a body of water by wading. I learn something new every day!

  12. Hitting the proper reset button in the fuse box area of your vehicle
    should fix that bothersome dashboard indicator light problem.

    …no…*not* that button……..the other one next to it.


  13. Ah cookies… As much as I want all the goodies for Christmas, I just don’t have the motivation to make all those goodies. I’ve had a few health issues of late that have kept me less than as active as I’d like. But, I’ve had my share of great Christmases in years past, so if this one isn’t so rosy, I’m okay with that.

    If I don’t get back on your blog before Christmas, I want to wish you and your family and all of the other folks on here an awesome Christmas.

  14. I don’t have any bourbon in the house. I have some Irish whiskey, would that work?

    I made another batch of stollen to distribute around the neighbours yesterday.

    Today I’m off to see The Hobbit and then tonight it is work’s Christmas party in the corporate box to watch Bath United rugby team play London Irish. @das would love it!

  15. Thanks for the recipe Joe! I’ll give these a try.

    Four’s sword looks cool. I likey.

    Have a safe trip! For the oil change indicator, search The Google with your make, model and year. You’ll find the process.

  16. I recently rewatched the failed Syfy pilot High Moon, and think this is possibly the most inconsistent show I’ve seen in years. It seems to alternate between being good and bad quite often, the dialogue at times is terrible, as are some of the plot devices. But watching a giant green mechanical T-Rex on the moon in that one scene never ceases to be funny. It’s so cheesy.

    But there was enough there to make it a decent tv show had it been picked up to series. I can honestly say it didn’t bore me once.

    Anyway have fun on your trip Joe!

  17. Ah, blinking panel lights, they take me back to my dad’s old car, he would get so pissed when we’d ask him over and over again why this or that light was blinking. Yes he knows its blinking, no the oil doesn’t need changing, yes he can see it’s a warning light, and finally would you like him to pull over and put you out to walk the rest of the way home.

    My cousin sent me what I think are flour-free oatmeal cookies; crispy, airy and yet chewy. I’ll be bugging her for the recipe.

    Have fun in Montreal, please give your mom and sis my best, can’t wait to see the pics!

  18. @Sparrow_Hawk: I’ll post the shortbread recipe for sure, but probably on tonight’s post.

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