Derby Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BakeMagicMoments #CollectiveBias

There is a pie in Kentucky, that I refer to as “the pie that shalt not be named”. It’s wildly popular, and the trademark is heavily guarded. The aforementioned pie is loaded with pecans (or walnuts), chocolate chips, brown sugar, and a hint of Kentucky bourbon. It’s also named after our beloved horse race. I’ve previously turned that recipe into a cake, and this time I turned it into a delicious cookie. The dash of bourbon in the recipe just adds a subtle flavor, and they’re a great twist on your typical chocolate chip cookie. This Derby Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is a household favorite and definitely a crowd pleaser; they’d make a perfect addition your holiday baking or even a cookie exchange. If you don’t want to immediately eat 4 to 5 dozen cookies, you can halve the recipe or just freeze half of the dough. 


derby chocolate chip cookie recipe


derby chocolate chip cookie recipe

These Derby Chocolate Chip Cookies are a chewy chocolate chip cookie, and you could omit the bourbon to make a tasty pecan chocolate chip cookie (but I strongly advise trying the recipe as it first). My biggest time saver with baking this holiday season are the Reynolds Cookie Baking Sheets available at Walmart. These precut sheets (12×16) fit perfectly on your cookie pan, and my cookies just slide right off. I don’t have to rewash my pan between uses or worry with my cookies sticking. They’re oven safe up to 420F. I also use it to wrap cookie dough before freezing and when I’m making candy. Reynolds Cookie Baking Sheets make clean up a snap, which lets me spend more time baking or hanging out with the people I’m baking for.

derby chocolate chip cookies

derby chocolate chip cookies

derby chocolate chip cookies

You don’t have to refrigerate this dough before baking, and I didn’t even form balls. I used my cookie scoop and plopped some dough onto the Reynolds Cooking Baking Sheets.

derby chocolate chip cookie recipe

derby chocolate chip cookies

5.0 from 8 reviews
Derby Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (walnuts can be substituted)
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Cream shortening, butter, sugars, and baking soda together.
  3. Add in vanilla, bourbon, and eggs
  4. Mix until just combined
  5. Add flour and mix until combine (try not to mix excessively)
  6. Fold in chocolate chips and pecans until scattered throughout batter
  7. Drop onto baking sheets 2 inches apart
  8. Bake cookies 8-10 minutes

derby chocolate chip cookies

What’s your favorite cookie recipe? I love cookie exchange parties and sharing recipes, I’d love to know what y’all have been baking. Make sure you check out the Reynolds Cookie Baking Sheets to help make baking and clean up easier.
Buy Levitra plus

You Might Also Like


  • Reply maria @closetohome 30/11/2015 at 6:56 pm

    I am not going to say no to a homemade chocolate chip cookie that looks this good. I will have to try this recipe thanks for sharing….

  • Reply Julie S. 30/11/2015 at 8:55 pm

    These look fantastic! I will have to get some of these sheets before our annual holiday baking day.

  • Reply Stacey @ Stacey Homemaker 30/11/2015 at 9:10 pm

    There is nothing I like more than a new cookie recipe to try! Especially right before the holidays…perfect timing for all the baking I’m going to do! These look delicious, and I’ll give those baking sheets a try too! They seem so convenient!

  • Reply Jessica 30/11/2015 at 9:45 pm

    Confession: I am a sucker for cookies and cookie dough. I need to make these ASAP! lol

  • Reply Angela 01/12/2015 at 9:17 am

    I am loving that they make baking sheets!! Soooooo much easier then fussing with the rolls! These cookies sound fantastic as well! Great recipe!

  • Reply Jamie 01/12/2015 at 1:17 pm

    I’m convinced I need to get these baking sheets! I need to get them before my next project this weekend. That recipe sounds delicious. I can almost hear a Kentucky accent with that bourbon!

  • Reply Blanca D 01/12/2015 at 5:09 pm

    My girls will love these cookies! chocolate chip are their favorite.

  • Reply Crystal Martin 01/12/2015 at 5:45 pm

    These cookies look incredible! I have to make these or the cake you created. Or at the very least, I need to go to the grocery right now for one of those aforementioned pies, ’cause I live in central KY and I know EXACTLY what you’re talking about! mmmm mmmm my mouth is watering looking at those cookies.

  • Reply Jenna Wood 01/12/2015 at 6:30 pm

    We use Reynolds Cookie Sheets for everything- even when we grill ribs we finish them in the oven on these. This recipe sounds amazing, thanks for sharing your top secret take!

  • Reply Autumn | It's Autumn's Life 01/12/2015 at 9:29 pm

    I made cookies with my preschool class a few weeks back and those precut sheets were a lifesaver! It saved us a lot of time and mess. And boy can they make a mess lol. These cookies look delish!

  • Reply Lisa Pruniski 07/12/2015 at 2:44 pm

    Hi! I work at Collective Bias and found this post in the Social Hub! As a Louisville Native and a lover of D***Y Pie, I cannot wait to try these bad boys out! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Jess 07/12/2015 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! I love how you *** out the spelling. I hope you enjoy them.

    Leave a Reply

    Rate this recipe:  

    Back to top