Bourbon, Chocolate Chip, Pecan Cookies for Derby Day: More Baking with Coconut Oil

May 6, 2011

Every now and then I like to post a recipe that needs few words. This would be one of them.

Bourbon, Chocolate Chip, Pecan Cookies for Derby Day: More Baking with Coconut Oil| Fake Food Free

I modified my coconut oil chocolate chip cookie recipe in honor of the Kentucky Derby. While in the oven, you will smell the wonderful aroma of coconut and bourbon blending together. Once cooled, they become a bourbon ball, cookie and pecan pie in one.

This year leave the classic Run for the Roses pie to someone else. Get your Derby Day dessert with these cookies!

Bourbon, Chocolate Chip, Pecan Cookies for Derby Day: More Baking with Coconut Oil| Fake Food Free

Bourbon, Chocolate Chip, Pecan Cookies

Makes: About 2 dozen


½ cup virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil, at room temperature
1 cup Demerara sugar
1 large egg
2 tbsp Kentucky bourbon
1 ¼ cups white whole wheat flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp fine ground sea salt
½ cup dark chocolate chips
½ cup raw pecans, chopped

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, combine the coconut oil and sugar. Mix on medium-high for 2 to 3 minutes, or until well blended. Mix in the egg and then add the bourbon.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the mixing bowl, keeping the mixer on low. Turn to medium and mix until everything is incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips and pecans.

Scoop by the tablespoonful onto an ungreased cookie sheet and gently flatten each cookie. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the edges are browned and cookies are firm. Allow to cool on the pan for 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Bourbon, Chocolate Chip, Pecan Cookies for Derby Day: More Baking with Coconut Oil| Fake Food Free

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  • La Pure Mama May 6, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Yum! Gorgeous photos and super tasty sounding cookies! I will have to give these a try… they sound great for Mother’s day! 🙂

  • 5 Star Foodie May 6, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Absolutely love the addition of Bourbon, awesome!

  • Morgan May 8, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Love the combination of flavors. I will definitely try these out!

  • chopinandmysaucepan May 9, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Hey Lori, love the look of these cookies coz they are irregular which spells more love and homemade and less processed. The bourbon is a very nice addition indeed! 🙂

  • TasteHongKong May 9, 2011 at 9:16 am

    When I bake, the most difficult moment perhaps is to wait till the cookies or cakes to cool completely, aromatic ones in particular.
    Sounds like I can hardly exempt from this too : ).

  • Mary @Delightful Bitefuls May 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Bourbon? I’m in 😉 These look GREAT! Love all the ingredients!

    New to your blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  • Rebecca from Chow and Chatter May 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    great cookies and how cool you are going to Scotland facebook me anytime for tips 🙂

  • Lori May 9, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    La Pure Mama – Thanks! Would love to what you think if you try them!

    5 Star – It really adds a nice flavor.

    Morgan – Hope you like them!

    chopin – Yeah, they are the ideal cookie to hide imperfection. 🙂

    TasteHongKong – I agree. I usually never make it with cookies. I have to give in! 🙂

    Mary – Welcome! Thanks so much for your comment.

    Rebecca – Thanks! My husband is in a study abroad program there through work for his 2nd Masters. He should graduate next year and we hope to go over.

  • Carrie May 9, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Saw your cookies on Taste Spotting and had to try them. Happy Mother’s Day to me – they were delicious! The coconut oil and bourbon are genius.

  • Vivienne May 10, 2011 at 4:06 am

    this looks like a keeper recipe! i have a jar of good coconut oil in my pantry – have been skeptical about using it too much tho….some ppl say its super healthy, others say it’s loaded with cholersterol >< confusing!

  • Lori May 10, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Carrie – Thanks so much for your comment. I’m so glad you liked them!

    Vivienne – As long as it is cold-pressed, virgin there are plenty of health properties. Here’s a link to the post I did about some of the current research out there –

  • Deb in Hawaii May 13, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Just a few words from me…
    yum, yum, yum! 😉

  • OysterCulture May 15, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Wow, these sound amazing and I would not have thought to add bourbon to my cookies or pear for that matter, but can imagine how tasty and special these are. You’re a genius,

  • Julia January 18, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Saw these on tastespoting when I was searching for things to bake w/ coconut oil. And then you went and added bourbon. Holy ding dang, I’m a gonner. These sound incredible!

  • @yumivore May 8, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I want to eat my screen right now! milk please!