Did you know that there’s a National Cookie Day? Yup, true story. And it’s today. In honor of this delicious holiday, we thought we’d hook you up with some sweet cookie recipes that get their extra special “something” from a touch of alcohol. Bring these to your holiday cookie swap this year and your pals are going to be begging to know the secret ingredient. (Don’t tell them. Just say it’s an old family recipe so you seem more legit.)


Dark Chocolate and Red Wine Cookies 

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Dark chocolate and red wine are the ultimate pair, so it’s only natural they found their way to each other in a cookie recipe. Brooke from Brooke Bakes said you can really taste the red wine in the dough, but that once the cookies are baked there is just a nice hint of the vino left over. Here are the ingredients you’re going to need:


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 10 oz. dark chocolate, roughly chopped


Kentucky Bourbon Balls 

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Yeah yeah, we know we talked about them last year but we just can’t get enough of bourbon balls. Rum balls seem to be a Christmas time staple, but think the bourbon alterantives are even better. Visit Edible Feast for the full instructions, but make sure you have all of the ingredients first:


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 pound (about 4 cups) powdered sugar
  • 5 Tbsp. bourbon (just choose your favorite!)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup (16 oz) semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup halved pecans


Spiked Eggnog Chews 

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These cookies are easy to make, yummy to eat and you can’t really get more festive than eggnog flavor. Pop over to Redbook’s website for full recipe instructions; here are the ingredients to get you started:


  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 Tbsp. dark rum
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup decorating sugar



Happy National Cookie Day. Enjoy these boozy treats. You could even join us in dipping them in your eggnog.