Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Cookie #37 - Kentucky Mint Julep with Maker's Mark Fudge Topping

Did you know that even the little airline bottle of Maker's Mark comes with that famous red wax seal? I was quite impressed at that attention to detail.

At the Maker's Mark Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky, the Toll Gate Cafe has these most wonderful cookies. The cookie portion itself is absolutely one of the best cookies I've ever had. It's a sweet cookie full of minty chocolate pieces. I loved the cookie by itself, but the bourbon fudge topping took it to a whole new level. I made my whiskey-loving man very happy with these cookies.

My only warning: since you don't actually cook the fudge topping, I'm not sure the warmth of the melted chocolate is enough to actually cook the alcohol out.

Toll Gate Cafe's Mint Julep Cookies with Maker's Mark Fudge Topping

2 sticks butter, softened
2 cups light brown sugar
2 eggs
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup finely ground oats (I just ran them through the food processor)
2 cups Andes Mint Chocolate Candy pieces

Fudge topping:
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 to 1/2 cup Maker’s Mark Bourbon

Preheat conventional oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, sugar and eggs until smooth. In a separate bowl, mix flour, oats, baking soda, salt and mint chocolate candy pieces. Gradually add to butter mixture until incorporated. Drop by rounded tablespoons 2" apart on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in until edges are golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
In a double boiler, heat chocolate chips until melted, stirring frequently.  Remove from heat and add sweetened condensed milk and bourbon, whisk until well combined. 
Top cooled cookies with a teaspoon or so of warm fudge.

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