He is a big fan of cocktails, and an Old Fashioned is definitely up there on his list. I can't say I'm in full agreement. I enjoy the garnishes involved (orange and cherries are delightful), and clearly I can get on board with simple syrup (who doesn't love sugar?), but the addition of bitters and bourbon really, really thwarts it for me, lol. I'm just not a bourbon fan. Bring me ALL the other spirits. I'm not picky. It's just that bourbon nears the bottom of my list. And bitters, well...why?! Ugh.
Ok, I know I'm not selling this cookie very well right now, but I just needed to give you that intro to prove that as a non-Old-Fashioned fan, I can attest that this cookie is actually delicious! People who do love the traditional cocktail will also love the cookie, and even non-believers like me can get on board, because, well, it's a cookie. And even with the bourbon and the bitters featured in the drizzle, it is quite tasty. It's a fun and unique cookie.
This recipe has been a labor of love. The first recipe I tinkered with resulted in nothing more than an old-fashioned rock. Quite literally, a rock. You probably could have driven a car over it and it wouldn't break.
The second attempt resulted in pancake like and very, very greasy cookies. Not delightful at all.
The third was just right. Here it is!
The Old-Fashioned Cookie
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (such as crisco)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp bourbon
1 1/3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 heaping tbsp candied orange rind (yup, those weird little bits sometimes featured in fruit cake)
Halved glace or maraschino cherries for garnish
For the glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp bourbon
dash of bitters
-Cream together shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg and bourbon and beat well.
- Combine flour, baking soda, powder, and salt. Stir into the butter and sugar mixture. Stir in orange rind.
-Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Add a cherry slightly off-centered on each cookie.
-Bake in a preheated 375F oven for 12 minutes, or until golden brown.
-Cool on wire racks.
-Whisk together the glaze and drizzle over-top of cookies before serving. Enjoy!