10 Boozy Cookie Recipes to Liven Up Your Holiday Party
Pumpkin Cookies with Dried Fruit and Pistachio
Brandy is a cold weather favorite, and these cookies, inspired by fruitcake and drizzled with a brandy glaze, pretty much encapsulate the flavors of the holiday season.
Butterscotch Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
A tablespoon of bourbon adds a touch of warming, whiskey sweetness to the butterscotch filling of these sandwich cookies.
Amaro-Spiked Amaretti Cookies
Top Chef Kevin Sbraga’s version of Italian biscotti includes a touch of dark rum, which adds molasses flavor and complexity without overpowering the cookie.
Jacques Pepin’s Coffee Rum Truffettes
If you’re looking to impress (and who isn’t?) consider these elegant morsels, whose rich, chocolate flavor gets a boost from both dark rum and espresso.
The dough for these traditional Pugliese Christmas treats is made with just flour, sugar, salt, olive oil and white wine, which is then coiled up, deep-fried, and sprinkled with lemon zest and cinnamon. There are definitely worse ways to enjoy Chardonnay.
Did you know there was such a thing as a state cookie? The biscochito (a sugar cookie traditionally made with lard, anise and some type of alcohol, then dusted with cinnamon and sugar) was designated the State Cookie of New Mexico in 1989. Andrew Zimmern’s version gets its anise flavor from a splash of Pernod, the classic French pastis.
Almond Grappa Cookies
These cookies are spiked with a nice, hefty dose of grappa, an Italian digestif made from pomace (the stems and seeds of grapes leftover from winemaking). While its reputation is somewhat spotty—you may have heard it referred to as “firewater”—using a decent grappa here can give your cookies grape or even floral notes.
Cantucci di Prato
Boy, do Italians know their boozy cookies or what? These mini biscotti are made with vin santo, a Tuscan dessert wine produced from late-harvest grapes, which are dried on straw mats to concentrate their sugar. Bonus points if you follow tradition and dip them in vin santo also.
Fig Bars with Red Wine and Anise Seeds
These bars may look like the Fig Newtons of your childhood, but with 3/4 cup red wine in the filling, you’re unlikely to confuse the two.