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In case you weren't aware, the 138th Kentucky Derby happened last month, on May 5. The Derby is that shindig that shot gaudy hats and the mint julep straight to world-fame. Problem is, I hate bourbon, so I've never much enjoyed a mint julep. These cookies, however, transcend all the things I can't stand about the taste of bourbon!

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How do you enjoy these cookies, exactly?
Tune in to the Derby.
Put on a massive hat with lots of flowers.
Eat some cookies.
Pick the horse with the cutest name. Or the grey horse. I'm going with Creative Cause because he's pretty and has a cool name. Sold.
Eat some cookies.
During the 15 seconds that the horses "run for the roses," yell your horse's name like mad. Acceptable cheers include: "C'mon, Creative Cause!" "Get it, number four - you'realmostthere!" and "Don't you dare let Daddy Long Legs pass you, damn it!"
If your horse wins, celebrate with some cookies. If it loses, drown your sorrows in some cookies.
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Step 1: What You Need

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Prep Time: 35 Minutes 
Yield: 36 Cookies

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered (confectioners') sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling

  • 10 large, fresh mint leaves
  • 1 1/4 (285 g) cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon

Step 2: Bake Cookies

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Make the cookies as directed in the Martha Stewart Recipe. Allow them to cool on a wire rack for about half an hour.

Find a cat to model with your cookies. I guess this isn't essential, but I highly recommend it...

Step 3: Get Choppin'

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While the cookies are baking, tear about ten large leaves off a bunch of mint. Roll them up together, and finely chop them with a sharp knife. Keep chopping until the pieces are about as small as you can get them.
wold6302 years ago
Cookies with Knob Creek?! You are my hero!!!
ShrimpSaladCircus (author)  wold6302 years ago
There's something wonderful about a boozy cookie, right?! lol
scoochmaroo2 years ago
You should enter this in the Father's Day Challenge!
ShrimpSaladCircus (author)  scoochmaroo2 years ago
Done - thanks for the suggestion!