Monday, March 12, 2012

Bourbon Cookies

Any surname with an O'..., you know is Irish. You don't have to guess their family nationality. When I met my husband, I knew he was Irish. (It really wouldn't have mattered his family origins anyways.) Now if he had told me his last name was O'Trouble, I may have waited for a longer courtship. 
My nationality is English, French, American Indian, Martian, and etc. I am just kidding about the Martian. I just wanted to see if you were paying attention. I am 100% Earthitarian. Earthitarian sounds more intelligent than Earthling. 
Since Saint Patrick's Day is next Saturday, I figured I would make some clover shaped cookies. I could not find a clover cookie cutter. I even had a 101 cookie cutter kit and it didn't have a clover. I ended up making one. I made some with currents and green sugar. I was pleasantly surprised how sweet they were even with the Bourbon. These cookies taste great the first day but the next day they taste a little flat. 

Bourbon Currant Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 cups all purpose flour, sifted (plus more for work surface)
1/3 cup bourbon
1/4 cup dried currants
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth.
  3. Add 1 egg, flour, bourbon, and the currants.
  4. Mix until well combined.
  5. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness.
  6. Cut out desired shapes.
  7. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining egg with the heavy cream.
  8. Brush the cookies with the egg cream wash.
  9. Space the cookies 1 inch apart on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  10. Bake until pale golden brown about 12 to 15 minutes.
  11. Allow to cool on wire rack.
 Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart's Cookies.
Did you already know......
-O'.. means descendent of ...
-A lot of Irish surnames have a coat of arms.
-There are maps to trace your family clan and surname to a specific location in Ireland. 

Since we are all Irish on Saint Patrick's Day, I figured we all need Irish names. I guess I'll go by Brianna next Saturday. Here is a site to pick your Irish name. Hopefully, I will remember to answer to the name.

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