A sea of colorful hats fill the venue. Big, bold, bright, floppy ones are all around. They are adorned with flowers, feathers, ribbons, lace, veils, and more. It is a scene that happens each year as horse racing enthusiasts gather for the Kentucky Derby. The weekend is filled with food, beverages, fashion, flowers, and horses. The festivities peak for spectators at 6:24pm when the race begins. It’s called “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”. You might as well fuel up for those intense two minutes with chocolate pecan bourbon cookies.
Food and flowers always get my attention. I knew I could focus on those two aspects when I was asked to participate in a social media campaign for the Kentucky Derby including Sears. The fun came with learning more about the race, its history, and seeing all the excitement from the fans. Red roses are the official flower and any excuse to get some roses is a good one. The same goes with baking. I found there is a Derby pie made with chocolate and pecans. These cookies were inspired by it along with adding Kentucky bourbon to the mix.
How are the chocolate pecan bourbon cookies? They are soft on the inside with shiny, crackly top. There is a rich chocolate fudgy-ness to them. The richness is balanced with nutty bits of pecans. Bourbon gives a subtle flavor boost without being overpowering. They would be a great treat to serve at a derby party and many other occasions.
Do you watch the Kentucky Derby? Join in the fun from now until derby day by following and using hashtags #TalkDerbyToMe and #TDTM2 on twitter. There is also a great Talk Derby To Me Pinterest Board to follow. Check out Sears for attire and essentials for having or attending a derby party. For more party recipes, look at Pimento Cheese Balls and Blue Cheese Walnut Tarts.
Recipe adapted from Hammerstone’s Whiskey Disks – Salted Chocolate Bourbon Toffee Cookies
Disclosure: I received compensation for participation in a Kentucky Derby social media campaign including Sears. I was under no obligation to publish a blog post for the campaign. All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated on contained within a guest post.