Celebrate the holiday season with these playful, gift-worthy cookies, each based on the flavour profile of a well-known cocktail. We reached out to 12 of our favourite brilliant bakers to create an arsenal of cookies fit to delight any occasion or connoisseur. From crisp and buttery Margarita Shortbread With Tequila-Lime Glaze to chewy and spiced Cranberry Moscow Mule Gingersnaps, we have you covered with biscotti, meringues, and more. Packed with make-ahead tips, storage suggestions, sparkling sugar, and booze, these cookie recipes are sure to stir up a buzz at your next cookie swap.
Some delicious cocktail cookie recipes for you to try
These decadent bars from Preppy Kitchen’s John Kanell have a rum-spiked, macaroon-like layer of shredded coconut on top of coffee shortbread.
Chef Ramin Ganeshram’s recipe combines West Indian spices like nutmeg, allspice, and ginger with hibiscus spread in a bite-size cookie.
Dark chocolate batter and espresso meringue are swirled together for a chewy and crisp marbled cookie in this recipe from baker Laurie Ellen Pellicano.
Margarita shortbread with tequila-lime glaze
Esteban Castillo’s buttery, lime-infused cookies are topped with a sweet-and-sour glaze and finished with flaky sea salt and lime zest.
Bee’s knees snowball
These delicate, melt-in-your-mouth cookie recipes from cookbook author Leah Koenig combine fresh lemon zest and orange blossom honey to play off the flavours of the Bee’s Knees cocktail.
Angela Garbacz’s recipe for Negroni Cookie recipes lean on orange zest–infused sugar and Campari icing to pay homage to the Negroni cocktail.
Cranberry Moscow mule gingersnaps
These soft and cakey cookies from cookbook author Vallery Lomas are packed with freshly grated ginger, ginger syrup, and dried cranberries rehydrated in vodka.
Cookbook author Jerrelle Guy’s sweet, earthy cookies get their amber flow from an Angostura bitters egg wash; a crystal rocks glass pattern is imprinted on the cookie’s surface.
Fudgy grasshopper sandwich cookies
Soft chocolate cookies are sandwiched with mint and dark chocolate ganache to create cookbook author Jesse Szewczyk’s eye-catching treats—a riff on the grasshopper cocktail.
Hot buttered rum biscotti
Blogger Jonathan Melendez’s interpretation of a buttered rum cocktail use browned butter, warm spices, and rum extract to yield crispy cookie recipes perfect for dunking in hot coffee or tea.
Mai tai swirls
These pinwheel-style cookies from Bay Area food blogger Kristina Cho are made with almond-scented dough spiralled around an orange marmalade and rum filling.
Milk punch cornmeal cookies
Cookbook author Cheryl Day’s buttery drop cookie tribute to a classic Milk Punch cocktail are topped with a bourbon-spiked white chocolate ganache.
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