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Today’s recipe comes courtesy of two good friends: Maris, who posted it on In Good Taste;and Lisa, who created “Sweet William’s Spirited Chocolate Chip Cookies” in honor of her son, William. His birthday was yesterday and he would have been 26.  Lisa made him a carrot cake with “warm spices and no nuts”, which makes me wonder if William did not like nuts or if he just did not like them in carrot cake.

Spirited Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lisa mentioned that William liked Jack Daniel’s, but I am fairly confident he wouldn’t have  liked Blanton’s bourbon, which is what I used.  It’s a little pricey and I generally do not use it for baking, but we had about 2 tablespoons left and now that it’s gone I have a legitimate excuse to buy another bottle.

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Published on April 23, 2014

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