Saturday, March 15, 2014

Irish Cream Cookies

Sometimes I see recipes with liqueur as an ingredient but the quantity is very small.  As we all know, most of the liqueur will burn off while baking and, in turn, the end result is that the liqueur flavor disappears.

However, this particular recipe does not skimp on the liqueur.  The recipe makes about 3 dz cookies and requires 1/2 cup of Irish cream liqueur.  With that much liqueur, you can count on the flavor of the Irish cream still being there after baking.

Along with the Irish Cream, coconut, pecans and chocolate chips were also tossed into the dough.  Not many of us would object to these add ins.  Oh, and the liqueur...just enough to bring out the Irish in anyone this St Patricks day! 

Irish Cream Cookies
adapted from

1/2 cup chopped pecans
6 oz mini semis sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup coconut (sweetened)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup Irish cream liqueur
2 1/4 cup cake flour
1/2 cup butter
1 egg
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Sift together flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside. Cream butter and both types of sugar together.  Then beat in egg, vanilla extract and irish cream. Using a wooden spoon, fold in the dry ingredients.  Lastly, mix in the coconut, pecans and chocolate chips.

Drop by heaping tablespoons onto prepared baking sheet, spacing about 1 inch apart.  Dip the tines of a fork in water and mash down each tablespoon of dough, repeating the dipping process when needed.  Bake for about 10-12 minutes.

Remove pan and let cookies cool for 1 minute on pan and then transfer to a cooling rack.
                                    **LAST YEAR: Belgian Blondies**