Sep 06

Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Let me apologize in advance.



If you make these cookies, you won’t be able to stop at one.  They don’t hide any veggies.  They aren’t healthy… unless you count the partial sugar substitute.  They are addictingly good.  You will brave salmonella to eat the batter.

Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough


So what makes these cookies strange?  Booze.  It doesn’t have to just be for drinking; it also makes a tasty cookie!  Who knew?!

The bourbon isn’t strong here; it merely adds a hint of caramel and enhances the vanilla in the cookie.  I used Four Roses, which is a lighter, almost fruity bourbon.  

No bourbon? You could use Frangelico or another liqueur.  Or you could leave it out… if you’re crazy.

Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bourbon aside, this is a classic chocolate chip cookie.  They are a teensy bit under-baked, resulting in a decadent, doughy center.  Get your cold glass of (almond) milk ready.

There are some specific instructions.  Don’t skip them.  Browned butter will elevate any dessert recipe you make to a whole new level.  Be patient and let the dough chill in the fridge.  It helps with spreading and allows the flavors to come together making an even more irresistible cookie.

Tall cookie dough scoops

Tall cookie dough scoops

If you want a healthy dessert, check out these Granola Cookies or these Chocolate Avocado cookies.  If you have one of those weeks where you need to get down and dirty to treat yourself, do it with boozy cookies.


Why the treats this week?  I quit my job and started a new one.  It’s a good thing.  I will miss my old team, but this job is more in-line with what I want to be when I grow up (in the world of marketing/product management).  Changing jobs is scary and exciting all at once…. but it’s already clear to me that I made the right choice!

I deserve a cookie.


Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2.25 C (280 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1.5 tsp cornstarch
  • 3/4 C (1.5 sticks or 170 grams) salted butter, browned
  • 3/4 C (150 grams) dark brown sugar, loosely packed
  • 1/2 C (100 grams) xylitol (or sugar)
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk, room temperature*
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 T bourbon (I used Four Roses)
  • 1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips (or chunks)


In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and cornstarch. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, beat browned butter and sugars together.  Beat in the egg, followed by the egg yolk.  Add the vanilla and bourbon.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk together.  The dough will be very soft.  Don’t worry.

Fold in the chocolate chips.  Cover the dough and chill for at least an hour, or overnight.  *Do not skip this step*

When ready to bake, heat oven to 325 degrees.  Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper .

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll the dough into balls (~1 heaping tablespoon each).  Shape them into tall balls to help them bake up to be thick.  Place them on the lined cookies sheets with ~1 inch of space between (they will spread).

Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes.  Don’t bake them any longer!!!  They should look soft and under-baked.  Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.  They will continue to bake on the cookie sheet.

*Note: Room temperature egg/egg yolks are best for even disbursement.

Inspired by Sally’s Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies.


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  1. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    Oh, man! These look so good! :-(

  2. Lisa

    Ohhh, I can totally imagine these being super tasty with the added punch from the bourbon. Such a great idea!

    1. Laura

      Any excuse, right?

  3. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    Not every strangebutgood recipe has to be healthy/clean/sneaky ;) Bourbon in a cookie is a completely new concept. When i was overseas I had a biscotti which had ameretto and frangelico in it- it was like tirimisu in biscuit form. Hope your settling in well! No doubt the sashimi lunches will be helping ;)

    1. Laura

      I looooove amaretto biscotti! And biscotti dipped in amaretto. ;)

  4. Lucie@FitSwissChick

    Oh yes please! I love Bourbon and well, even better in cookies. I am just not sure if they make it in the oven. I think I need tons of willpower to not stuff the whole batter raw in!

  5. Khushboo

    Ah I’m so glad you are loving your new job and it’s the right move for your career. I took the scary plunge of quitting mine last year and to be honest- it was the best decision I ever made…scary but worth it!

    1. Laura

      It is scary… but stagnation is not a good thing!

  6. Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    COOKIES!! My coach told me to have something sweet before my last event and I’ve been racking my brain with what to have. Most people have gummi bears but I hate that type of candy. Cookies are perfect!! Better lay off the bourbon though – don’t need any more foreign substances interfering with my performance on top of the antibiotics and painkillers lol

    1. Laura

      I don’t like candy either. Give me baked goods all day long!

      You probably could have used some bourbon after. ;)

      1. Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

        I so wanted a drink but I’m on the antibiotics that make you violently ill if you have alcohol! I’ve got at least another week on them to go. Stupid mouth!

  7. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    I don’t think I could be patient enough to even bake those. Raw cookie dough is way better in my opinion anyway. Added bonus that you might just get a buzz!

    1. Laura

      Then you HAVE to make these – they remain like dough in the center. You’ll be in heaven.

  8. Fran@BCDC

    I’ve always been a bourbon fan, Laura. These sound Yummy!! Have a great day!

    1. Laura

      I knew liked you. ;)

  9. lindsay

    booze and cookies, never strange to me. But i then again, i am strange. So glad you found a job that is more YOU!

    1. Laura

      Red wine cookies. That needs to happen.

  10. Linz @ Itz Linz

    hey all recipes don’t have to be super healthy – these look fabulous!! :) :)

  11. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    I’m drooling. Congrats on the new job!! It is definitely scary to make those changes, but sounds like it was what you needed to do. Hope the transition goes smoothly!

    1. Laura

      Thanks! It’s been fun so far. I actually tend to love change. :)

  12. Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    Changing careers to pursue one that’s more in line with your dreams… I’ll drink to that! Or, eat a cookie in this case ;) I’ve never thought to add booze to a cookie, but I’m definitely not opposed to the idea. These look delicious!

    1. Laura

      Booze is awesome in any baking – I still make champagne cake balls every holiday too. :)

  13. Maureen

    Congratulations on the job change! I definitely say that’s worth celebrating with booze-filled cookies! :)

  14. Calee

    If you’re going to make dessert, it might as well have some booze in it. Great idea, friend. Now I’m thinking of ways to make these even more awesome … put a caramel in the middle and throw in a handful of sea salt (I miss Mark so much I’m starting to think like him).

    1. Laura


      If you went with the sea salt, I’d use unsalted butter. That could get to be a LOT!

      1. Calee

        no kidding. typically i use unsalted butter anyway (and unsalted everything b/c i hate extra sodium!). I like to control the amt of salt in things.

        1. Laura

          Normally I’d agree, but I always use salted butter in baking. I just don’t add extra salt and I use no salt baking powder. I just think it tastes better… childhood.

  15. Kierston @candyfit

    I plan on making cookies this weekend :)

    1. Laura

      What kind did you make?!

  16. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    So you know I’m not a big drinker, but somehow my ‘liquor cabinet’ contains an unopened bottle of port, and unopened bottle of pisco, and a slightly-larger-than-what-you’d-find-on-an-airplane bottle of bourbon. That one HAS been opened, but I don’t know where it came from. I DO know that my bourbon chocolate pecan Kentucky Derby tartlets are delicious and need to be made ASAP…

    I also know I need some coffee. [Without bourbon. I do have to meet with a professor this morning.]

    1. Laura

      I loooove Kentucky Derby Pie!!! My mom and I make it every Thankgiving. Extra bourbon. ;)

  17. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    Pretty sure this is my favourite strange but good to date. I firmly believe in cooking with booze, so why not baking? ;-)

    1. Laura

      I believe in booze with all the things. ;)

  18. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    A) YUM and B) Congrats on the job change. I really hope it turns out to be a fantastic move for you.

    1. Laura

      Thank you, Heather! I think it will be. :)

  19. Samantha @ 10,000 Squats

    I like to think of bourbon as a nutrient. Seems plausible to me! Haha thanks for the recipe!

    1. Laura

      It’s a complex carb, no? ;)

  20. Elle

    I have never been able to eat just one cookie, unless it was the only one left!

    1. Laura

      Haha – that’s why I take it immediately to work!

  21. Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

    Congrats to starting a new Job! Glad you rewarded yourself with these cookies!
    Lovely idea to add the booze in! I know most of it cooks out – but the flavor must be heavenly…and if you wanted more booze and make these more butt/hip hugable, you could always have a bourbon icing :)
    Happy Weekend Laura!

    1. Laura

      That may need to be my cake ball ingredient of the season… ;)

  22. Davida @ The Healthy Maven

    These are awesome!! Much deserved cookies. On that note I totally didn’t catch the “cooking for me and cookies for the blog” comment. Best freudian slip ever! Leaving it just for good measure :)

    1. Laura

      I was hoping you would leave it! I loved it. :)

  23. Court Star @ StarSystemz

    Yes, I have quit a few jobs and loved the freedom and excitement of doing it! Leaving a job I had been at for over three years was difficult but once I left my life changed for the better! Wishing you lots of yummy cookies and a new and exciting journey! Have a great weekend :) Love + Shine CourtStar

    1. Laura

      Thank you!!! It makes me feel good to hear changes working out for others. Cheers to leaps are faith!:)

  24. Danielle

    I totally want cookies now! I’m such a sucker for good chocolate chip cookies. Totally going to experiment with this recipe and make it gluten free :)

    1. Cat

      Ooh I was thinking the same – if you do crack it would be great to read the recipe on your blog!

      1. Laura

        Please let me know if you do! I wonder if you could just sub GF flour?

  25. Cat

    Props for quitting the job! #scarybutawesome hehe. I actually did the same earlier this year – without one to go to! Well, I knew I was going freelance but let’s face it there’s a thin line between that and unemplyment some days! Anywho, LOVE the sound of this recipe – I boozy deserts are always awesome and I’ve never tried a boozy cookie – not that I need an excuse to buy some bourbon…

    1. Laura

      Good for you!!! I’d love to freelance one day.

      I think you should make booze tofu doughnuts… Kahlua?

  26. Amelia

    OMG, shut the front door! Who are you and what did you do with Laura? I thought that someone hijacked your blog when I opened this post in feedly. Ha!
    These little things look decadent. I would have to freeze most of the batch to keep from eating them all. But then again, that might lead to some kind of frozen dessert cookie dough concoction. #problems.
    Congrats on the new job!!!

    1. Laura

      Puh-lease. I have a sweet tooth 100 miles long. ;)

      It’s actually a good idea to bake the right from the freezer. Then they really don’t spread. Maximum doughiness!

  27. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    You need bring a batch of these as a post-competition year. I know better than to think I could restrain myself from eating the whole batch. :)

    1. Laura

      I think it would make a good pairing with the beer. :)

  28. Sarah (Shh...Fit Happens)

    OMG Yum!! I want some right now

  29. Jody - Fit at 55

    You know it is coming…. wait for it…. I will not make as you know – PLS send me some! ;)

    I am so happy for you & the job.. I changed a few times as well.. I think we all do searching for what is right.. I never found it while I was in the Corporate world – still searching BUT those insoles I am selling on my blog might be it – who knows – I love them & opportunity with the company too to be more involved if I want when they are ready.. :)

    1. Laura

      Jody. This year for the holidays you must send you your address. I’m going to come down your chimney with cookies dressed as Hanukkah Harry.

      1. Jody - Fit at 55

        I would love Hanukkah to start that way – it starts on Thanksgiving this year!!! :O I hate when it is so early! :)

  30. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    I have had cornmeal bourbon blondies before that were SO good, so I can only imagine how tasty these must be!!

    1. Laura

      That sounds incredible! I bet that would make for killer pancakes too. Did you get the recipe?!

      1. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

        I wish!! It was at a restaurant so I couldn’t :(.

  31. Allie

    You seriously come up with the coolest and most creative recipes!!

  32. Meredith @ DareYouTo

    These look uhmazing. MmmmMM!M!

  33. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    You had me at bourbon. And then you threw in cookies….and browned butter….and egg yolks. I am salivating, and I’ve had one of those weeks where bourbon cookies would hit the spot. Although punching a heavy bag did help. I still want the cookies though.

    1. Laura

      The punching bag time earns you extra cookies. With a side of bourbon.

  34. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    LET’S GET DRUNK OFF OF COOKIES!!!!! I swear if I just smelled these, I would be WASTED!

    1. Laura

      Haha! If only I could figure a way to prevent alcohol from baking out…

  35. Running Hutch

    It has bourbon in it?! Hell yeah. This is on the must-try list.

  36. Kim

    Those cookies sound delicious!!!

  37. Courtney Bentley

    Ok I am so excited iherb delivers to thailand because I am dying to try peanut flour! Looks delish I hope you have a great weekend :) love + shine Courtstar

    1. Laura

      That’s awesome! I can’t even imagine the shipping though… oy!

  38. Julie @ A Warrior and A Nurse

    This look like an absolutely sinful treat. I can’t wait to try them…lol :)

    1. Laura

      Thank you! Please let me kn ow if you do!

  39. janet @ the taste space

    Good luck with your new adventures, Laura. :)

  40. Megan (The Lyons' Share)

    You do deserve a cookie! This week has involved a lot of “unhealthy” treats for me, too – I think it’s all about balance!

    1. Laura

      You’re so right – it’s important to treat yourself too! :)

  41. Nicole @ FruitnFitness

    This was written for Kentucky and all its bourbon distilleries. I think I could actually get my boyfriend who doesn’t like cookies to eat these!

    1. Laura

      I really want to do the whiskey road!

  42. Hannah

    Taking a leap and finding yourself soaring is exhilarating. Yes, it sounds like a cliche, but I did it too, and it’s fricking wonderful. So proud of you. x

    1. Laura

      Fricking wonderful, indeed. Thank you. :)

  43. Brittany @ Delights and Delectables

    You know… bourbon is a KY thing. I live close to the distilleries. Maybe you should come visit me. Just sayin’! xoxo

    1. Laura

      Ummmm… yes. Please. I really, really want to do the whiskey road.

  44. Ari @ Ari's Menu

    I don’t see where the strange part comes in? All I see is ALL KINDS OF GOOD!!!!

  45. Kristina

    DANG these sound good – I will be trying them… and YES you deserve a cookie or nine – congrats on taking a leap to a better thing – difficult but so worth it! XO

    1. Laura

      Thank you!!! Let me know how the vegan version is!

      I’m liking the change already. I’m in SF for the week… how is that NOT awesome? ;)

  46. RavieNomNoms

    I must try!!

  47. Debra

    Strange but true and delicious. I would try these!

    1. Laura

      I highly recommend it. :)

  48. Kait @ ChickadeeSays

    Seriously? YUM. I can’t wait to try these! Pinned : )

    xx Kait

  49. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    *Drool* …that is all! ;)

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