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Joan Shelley obviously puts Bourbon in her rye cookies!

Joan Shelley. Photo: Press.

Joan Shelley. Photo: Press.
On Friday Joan Shelley will grace Pustervik with her Kentuckian presence during Way Out West. Last week I shot her an email asking her about food and she gave me a cookie recipe. Yay!

What do you feel like eating right now?

A croissant and coffee. I haven’t eaten yet today and that would be divine.

Do you have any food on your rider?

We usually request fresh fruit and vegetables of any kind, smoked fish or salami, bread and cheese (it’s especially great when they get the smoked fish). Especially when you move from place to place so fast that it’s hard to get a sense of the place, it helps to get to try the local varieties of cheese, breads, or preserved fish and meat. It helps build a stronger memory.

What did you have for breakfast?

I haven’t yet, but probably will have coffee and toast, and maybe some vegetables that I have to cook before we leave for tour (mushrooms, green onions, arugula, peppers).

What’s your favorite fruit?


Do you have a recipe you’d like to share with us?

I fell in love with making these Bourbon and rye cookies (since I’m from Kentucky it is mandatory we learn these kinds of things). It has rye flour and a little bit of Bourbon and then the vanilla bean and sea salt on top really makes it fragrant and lovely. Also, cookies are my favorite food!

You use 1/2 cup rye flour with 2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tablespoon bourbon

Chocolate chips
Vanilla bean and coarse sea salt

After whipping the wet ingredients up and adding the dry ingredients, then the chocolate chips, I form the dough into a log and chill in the fridge for a few hours. After that I cut them into slices, garnish them with scrapes of the vanilla bean seeds and the sea salt, and cook them in a preheated 350 degree F oven (not sure what that is in Celsius!) for a few minutes, turn it down to 325F and let them get barely golden-brown on the edges. I like them soft in the middle so I don’t cook them too long, don’t want them to lose all their moisture.
Joan Shelley at Spotify

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