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Bourbon Biscuits made with a Wee Dram

Bourbon Biscuits

Biscuits, British | 11th April 2016 | By

Back in August last year I posted a review of some classic British biscuit cutters and promised you the recipe for the bourbon biscuits I made using them. Well never let it be said that I don’t fulfil my promises – if somewhat dreckly. If you don’t know what dreckly means, you clearly haven’t been to Cornwall. They may be a bit late, but here follows the afore mentioned recipe.

Bourbons are one of my favourite shop bought biscuits, they are chocolate flavoured, have a filling, are cheap and definitely tasty. They’ve also been around since 1910 and although my mother never bought them when I was young, I used to snaffle the odd one here and there when visiting friends and family; I thought them the hight of sophistication. Of course, I don’t buy them very often now either, as I doubt there’s a single nutritious ingredient included. Introduced by Peak Frean over a century ago and for some reason named after the French royal house of Bourbon, they are the fifth most popular biscuit in the UK.

Bourbon Biscuits

The biscuit recipe I adapted, was from one of my favourite books, Homemade Memories by Kate Doran, baking blogger at The Little Loaf. She deftly uses bourbon in the buttercream filling and calls them Real Bourbon Biscuits. I didn’t have any bourbon, so I used a wee dram of whisky instead. I also used a drop in the actual biscuit dough. This gave the rich chocolatey bourbon biscuits an added depth of flavour that lifts them up a level, virtually eye-to-eye with Ben Nevis in fact.

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Bourbon Biscuits
Prep Time
50 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Classic British Bourbon biscuits, but with a wee dram of whisky added for a touch of sophistication & added depth of flavour. Perfect party fare.
Author: Choclette
Ingredients
Biscuits
  • 100 g unsalted butter
  • 100 g dark muscovado sugar
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 110 g wholemeal flour
  • 110 g plain white flour
  • 50 g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp whisky
  • 1-2 tbsp water
Filling
  • 100 g unsalted butter
  • 175 g golden icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp whisky
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
Biscuits
  1. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then beat in the golden syrup.
  2. Sift in the dry ingredients and stir until everything is combined.
  3. Stir in the whisky then add the water a little at a time until you have the right consistency for a rollable dough.
  4. Roll out the dough to about 3mm in thickness. Then either stamp out the dough using a Bourbon biscuit cutter or cut into rectangles of about 6 x 3 cm. If you don't have a cutter, use a tooth pick to create 5 holes down each side of the rectangles.
  5. Transfer to lined baking trays and bake at 175C for about ten minutes or until the biscuits look done.
  6. Leave to cool for a couple of minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Filling
  1. Cream the butter a little then add the icing sugar and cocoa bit by bit, beating as you go util you have a light whipped consistency.
  2. Beat in the whisky and vanilla extract.
  3. Spread the filling on half of the biscuits and press the other half on top.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Homemade Memories by Kate Doran

Treat Petite LogoI’m sending these Bourbon biscuits off to Cakeyboi and The Baking Explorer for Treat Petite where the theme this month is favourite sweets, chocolates and biscuits.

 

 

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38 Comments

  1. Vicky

    11th April 2016 at 11:33 am

    These look awesome and definitely for the grown-ups – putting the whisky in makes the perfect excuse for hiding them from the kids! Bourbon Biscuits were my absolute favourite before going gluten free. I was thinking about them last night and this reminds me that at some point I must put my recipe on the blog.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      11th April 2016 at 2:18 pm

      Well yes exactly Vicky 😉 Do put your recipe up, I expect a gluten free version would be really popular.

      Reply
  2. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    11th April 2016 at 1:36 pm

    I heard that there was a bourbon biscuit shortage, so you posted these at the right time. One of my favourite biscuits and they dunk so well too.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      11th April 2016 at 2:19 pm

      I heard something about the shortage too, hmmm wonder why. I have been known to lose most of a bourbon when dunking – oops!

      Reply
  3. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    11th April 2016 at 1:57 pm

    These look amazing! Love the addition of whisky – the shop-bought version don’t use real bourbon though, do they?! If so maybe that’s why I liked them so much as a child haha

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    • Choclette

      11th April 2016 at 2:20 pm

      Now that would be something Becca. Maybe we should give them the idea.

      Reply
  4. Chris @thinlyspread

    11th April 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Grown up biscuits! How fabulous! I’m totally over excited by the cutters too – I need them in my life! My 10 year old is a total Bourbon Biscuit addict (I’ll have to make two batches, one for him and one with that little kick for me!) We’ve been missing them since the floods closed the biscuit factory!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      11th April 2016 at 5:13 pm

      The cutters are fab Chris, although I’ve still not used the ones for custard creams, party rings and jammy dodgers. I’ve only just cottoned on to the factory closing. Sounds like you need to whip up a batch (or two) quickly.

      Reply
  5. Claire Thorpe

    11th April 2016 at 3:40 pm

    These look delicious! for our baking club this month we have to bring in a British bake so I will be having a go at these and the custard creams!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      11th April 2016 at 5:14 pm

      Oh yes Claire, they would be perfect for this. Do let me know how you got on.

      Reply
  6. Tracey

    11th April 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Bourbons are my son’s fave biscuits. He nibbles on 2 or 3 every day – his treat. He’s 15 so I guess I could get away with baking him a few with a wee dram of whisky in there! ;). Tx

    Reply
    • Choclette

      11th April 2016 at 7:01 pm

      Ah yes, reckon you could Tracey. Would he approve though?

      Reply
  7. Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe

    12th April 2016 at 2:47 am

    I quite like chocolate bourbons even though I can’t say I have had them often (when I land in the UK I have to eat chocolate digestives – so have eaten my fair share of them lately). And I can just imagine how superior yours are to the shop bought version. They even look every bit if more gorgeous! Glad you finally shared them.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      12th April 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Ah thanks Johanna. Can’t you get chocolate digestives in Melbourne? Bourbons are a favourite of mine, although I am, of course, partial to a chocolate digestive or two. Are you home from your travels now?

      Reply
  8. Lisa

    12th April 2016 at 11:48 am

    Only the 5th most popular? I thought for sure they’d have been higher up? Either way I like the idea of using actual bourbon in a bourbon biscuit! Or whiskey – I, like you, have whiskey to hand!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      12th April 2016 at 8:49 pm

      it’s a definite improvement. I would have used Bourbon if I’d had any, but I never ever have as I’ve never really understood what it is. Not sure what the other 4 favourites are – custard creams and digestives for sure, but …

      Reply
  9. Jenny Paulin

    12th April 2016 at 9:30 pm

    these look so good – properly good like shop bought good, BUT I bet they taste much better. x

    Reply
    • Choclette

      13th April 2016 at 11:27 am

      h thank you Jenny, that’s very kind of you. I think the stamp helped 😉

      Reply
  10. The Kitchenmaid

    13th April 2016 at 8:54 am

    I’ve never eaten a Bourbon biscuit, let alone made one – they do sound fab. And those biscuit cutters are amazing, I definitely want some of those!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      13th April 2016 at 11:29 am

      Well I’m not sure I can think of a single NZ biscuit, despite spending six months there. Try a homemade one, they’re heaps better than bought ones anyway. The stamps are fab.

      Reply
  11. Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

    13th April 2016 at 9:36 am

    I’ve not had a Bourbon biscuit for many years, they really were one of my favourites alongside Custard Creams and Nice biscuits. Your version sound amazing with the inclusion of whisky – which type did you use, I guess it wasn’t one of the very strong ‘peaty’ ones.
    By the way, you’ve taught me a new word Choclette- ‘dreckley’ 🙂
    Angela x

    Reply
    • Choclette

      13th April 2016 at 11:33 am

      Haha Angela, I guess you haven’t spent a great deal of time in Cornwall. I’d forgotten all about Nice biscuits until you mentioned them. My aunt used to make a really good creamy dessert with them. The whisky I used was a fairly cheap blended one, so no not one of the strong malt whiskies.

      Reply
  12. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    13th April 2016 at 11:41 am

    Now how professional are they! And especially love the addition of the ‘wee dram’…..

    Reply
    • Choclette

      14th April 2016 at 1:22 pm

      Thank you. I was slightly impressed myself, although it is of course all down to the stamp.

      Reply
  13. Sarah Maison Cupcake

    13th April 2016 at 2:24 pm

    These look even better than the real thing and so appropriate when there’s been a shortage of Bourbon biscuits recently!!

    Thanks for joining in with #BAKEoftheWEEK – round up and new week’s linky is now live on my site.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      14th April 2016 at 1:23 pm

      Great, thanks Sarah. Who would have thought we’d have a UK biscuit shortage – quite shocking!

      Reply
  14. Jo

    14th April 2016 at 12:25 am

    These look fantastic! I’m off to check out these biscuit cutters now as I think I need to add them to my (somewhat embarrassingly massive!) biscuit cutter collection.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      14th April 2016 at 1:24 pm

      Haha Jo. I think we need to see more biscuits on your blog to demonstrate your massive collection.

      Reply
  15. Sammie

    17th April 2016 at 7:29 am

    I love Bourbon biscuits and am now the proud owner of 4 traditional biscuit cutters/stamps. Great that you’ve incorporated wholemeal flour into the recipe. As we have children I’ll leave out the tipple, but I’m definitely going to give these a gi. Thanks for a great recipe. Sammie.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      17th April 2016 at 1:18 pm

      Ah you have the cutters Sammie. I look forward to seeing some classic British biscuits on your blog. You can use milk or water instead of the whisky.

      Reply
  16. Sarah James

    17th April 2016 at 7:28 pm

    I used to love Bourbon biscuits as a kid but not had them in years. I love that you’ve added a wee dram to the biscuit mix, definitely going to try these Choclette x

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th April 2016 at 11:04 am

      All this talk of biscuits and whisky has me keen to try them again too Sarah 😉

      Reply
  17. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    18th April 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Well done, Choclette. These cookies look way to cool!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th April 2016 at 5:45 pm

      They certainly got eaten way too fast Angie 😉

      Reply
  18. Kat

    27th April 2016 at 9:49 pm

    I love these homemade Bourbon biscuits! Certainly an improvement on the shop bought ones! Thanks for entering into Treat Petite.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      28th April 2016 at 11:11 am

      Thanks Kat, I was really pleased with them and they tasted fab.

      Reply
  19. Stuart Vettese

    28th April 2016 at 11:00 am

    Thanks for entering these Choclette. Love Bourbon biscuits. They don’t quite fit the theme this month (it was to use a fave sweet, chocolate or biscuit in a bake) but I’ll let you off ;0)

    Reply
    • Choclette

      28th April 2016 at 11:07 am

      Oops sorry Stuart, I obviously didn’t pay enough attention. That’s very kind of you 🙂

      Reply

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