Derby Pie Cookie Bar Recipe

Hey yall! Hope you had a great weekend. We had glorious weather…so we made the best of it and did some gardening and cleaned out the garage. Nice to get some things done:) I am getting ready to go through some of the creative ideas that were linked up last week. I will share some favorites tomorrow.

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.”Derby Pie Cookie Bars @cleverlyinspired (5)


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!


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Derby Pie Cookie Bar Recipe
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Serves: 16
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • half a stick of butter melted.
  • Cookie Topping:
  • 6 tablespoons butter softened
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • ½ chopped pecans
  1. Press crust ingredients into an 8 by 8 pan that has been lined with parchment. Bake at 350 for 9 minutes.
  2. Combine and spread over crust. Bake for 30 minutes at 375. Let cool 30 minutes before cutting.


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Good luck…GO baby GO!

Have a great Monday friends:)


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