Did y’all know I was from Kentucky? Well this time of year in the Bluegrass all we talk about is Derby! Of course we’ve all heard of the mint julep cocktail and this Derby Pie cookie bar would be perfect to serve up for your Derby party (it’s the first Saturday in May;) If you’ve never had one consider doing one this year! It is a great time to celebrate spring and have some fun “betting” games during the day of “race for the roses.”
A traditional Derby Pie has a shortbread crust…. I decided to do a graham cracker crust instead. I wanted to create a lighter version of the traditional Derby Pie. This recipe does call for a touch of bourbon… you can feel free to leave that out if that’s not in your taste. It does at a nice little hint of sweet directly from the bluegrass state:) As we say in Kentucky Go baby Go!
You will need:
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons of sugar
half a stick of butter melted.
Press into an 8 by 8 pan that has been lined with parchment. Bake at 350 for 9 minutes
6 tablespoons butter softened
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup flour
1 tablespoon bourbon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 chopped pecans
Combine and spread over crust. Bake for 30 minutes at 375. Let cool 30 minutes before cutting.
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Thanks Tracie! Those look so delicious. I can’t wait to try them. And, you can never go wrong with a graham cracker crust! Tracie has such awesome ideas on her blog. Here are a few I know you’ll want to check out too:
Her Baked Fajitas sound delicious. They would make a yummy and quick weeknight dinner.
And, how fun is this Rice Krispie Treat Layer Cake? I want to make one for my next party.
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- Press crust ingredients into an 8 by 8 pan that has been lined with parchment. Bake at 350 for 9 minutes.
- Combine and spread cookie toppings over crust. Bake for 30 minutes at 375. Let cool 30 minutes before cutting
- cups graham cracker crumbs
- tablespoons of sugar
- half a stick of butter melted.
- Press into an 8 by 8 pan that has been lined with parchment. Bake at 350 for 9 minutes
- Cookie Topping:
- tablespoons butter softened
- /3 cup sugar
- /3 cup flour
- tablespoon bourbon
- /2 teaspoon vanilla
- cup milk chocolate chips
- /2 chopped pecans
- Combine and spread over crust. Bake for 30 minutes at 375. Let cool 30 minutes before cutting.
Stephanie R says
I had no idea that you were in Kentucky (Louisville here). I have been here for just over 5 years and have yet to have Derby pie, heck I just had hot brown for the very first time! I need to get my hands on some derby pie stat!
Elizabeth at Pineapples and Polka Dots says
As a lifelong New Englander, I haven’t ever heard of Derby pie, but these cookie bars look amazing! I love graham cracker crusts, and anything chocolate, so these look perfect to me! Thanks for sharing the recipe.