Bet you thought I was really going to spill it, huh?
Not this time, but I will share an old recipe with you. A cookie recipe that I copied down, on a piece of notebook paper, many years ago. It comes from a cook in the Bardstown area, known for her wonderful dishes. Fine, Southern food, but nothing very fancy.
It does contain candied fruit and raisins. Two ingredients that I really don't like. They receive a fine chop, so they aren't that noticeable.
On the other hand, this recipe does utilize two of my favorite ingredients, Bourbon and butter. If you are an Ambassador for Maker's Mark, (like me), you receive fun Christmas gifts each year. A couple of weeks ago the earmuffs arrived, because no one wants their Bourbon to be chilly.
Some fine chopping, and the help of a Kitchen-Aid mixer, had everything under control.
The completed dough tasted pretty good, too. Cinnamon and Nutmeg are prevalent in the flavor profile.
Taking a moment for a reality check. Blogging always shows such states of creativity and perfection.....this is the reality of baking in my kitchen.
I came out with a wonderful pile of crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside, kind of cookies.
For the finale, a cloth soaked in Bourbon, (that is why it looks so dingy), and a sliced apple go on top of the pile. It will be covered with a vintage metal cake dome and opened in a few days.
If you are feeling daring, this holiday season, then this cookie recipe might just be for you. I will leave you to it.
2 sticks butter
3 cups brown sugar
4 tablespoons sour milk - (one tablespoon vinegar mixed with 1 cup of milk will yield sour milk)
6 1/4 cups self-rising flour
2 cups raisins
1 cup candied fruit
2 cups walnuts
3 teaspoons nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tablespoons Maker's Mark Bourbon
**I halved this recipe without a problem.
Cream butter and sugar. Add sour milk, eggs, and Bourbon. In separate bowl, sift the flour and spices together. (Leave out a cup of the flour mixture to coat the raisins/fruit.) Then add to the butter mixture.
Finely chop raisins and fruit. Mix with the cup of flour and stir into dough mixture.
Drop the dough with a teaspoon onto a greased cookie sheet. Leave some space as cookies may spread. Bake 8 minutes at 375 degrees.
*Store in a tin lined with foil. Soak a cloth in Bourbon and lay on top. Slice up an apple and lay on top. Close up tin for a few days.