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Bourbon Cookies Made with Kentucky Bourbon

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Last Updated on January 22, 2024 by Allison Lancaster

These delicious Bourbon Butter cookies are a delight for any time of year! They are made with a cake mix which makes the process even easier!

kentucky bourbon butter cookie stacked

What are Kentucky Butter Cookies

When you serve these cake mix cookies with their bourbon glaze, the conversation will quickly turn to how amazing your cookies are! And it’s no wonder with the sweetness of the butter cookies and just the right amount of flavor of bourbon in the glaze.

One of the best parts of this recipe is how easy it is to make. Not a lot of measuring of different ingredients.

process of making bourbon cookies in 3 grid photo showing mix, batter and cake balls on sheet pan

Pull out your favorite vanilla boxed cake mix and you are set!

A few bakeries make versions of these Kentucky Butter Cake Cookies, but I think making these in your own kitchen makes them even better.

What is Special About Kentucky Bourbon?

The state of Kentucky is known for its bourbon, and because of the hard water there, the conditions for distilling are at its best. It’s no wonder 95% of bourbon comes from Kentucky!

How to Make Kentucky Butter Cake Cookies

To make these Kentucky bourbon butter cookies, you start with a cake mix, making the dessert quick and easy to make.

You’ll only need a box of cake mix, eggs, butter, sugar, and your favorite bourbon to whip up a batch of these delightful cookies.

Are Bourbon Cookies Safe for Kids?

Note: I always recommend consulting with your child’s pediatrician or another expert. The following thoughts are my opinion and do not constitute professional advice.

I wondered the same thing, but it turns out they can. 

When you make a recipe using alcohol, whether that’s cooking or baking, as soon as your food hits a certain temperature, it starts to burn off the alcohol.

If for any reason you don’t consume alcohol, you can simply leave the glaze off the cookies or use another flavor of the glaze.

Did you know? Most of the extracts used in baking and cooking (vanilla, almond, etc.) are made of at least 35% alcohol. It is a requirement by the FDA.

Can I Use Something Other Than Bourbon?

For this recipe, I used my favorite bourbon from the liquor store.

However, you could mix it up with different alcohol, such as flavored vodka, cinnamon Schnapps, or even brandy.

The key here is to make sure the alcohol has a flavor to it so the icing will be delicious!

Can I Use a Different Cake Mix?

Yes. You can use any boxed cake to switch up the flavors. Try devil’s food, German chocolate, or for a festive touch, a sprinkle cake mix!

kentucky bourbon butter cookie stacked

If you want to go completely from scratch, use your favorite sugar cookie recipe and proceed with the glaze.

What could be better than a delicious, buttery cookie that has been glazed with bourbon? Not much, in my opinion! These Kentucky Butter Cake Cookies are sure to be the perfect addition to any party. 

kentucky bourbon butter cookie stacked

Kentucky Bourbon Butter Cookies

Yield: 12-18 Cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes

These delicious Kentucky Bourbon Butter cookies are a delight for any time of year! They are made with a cake mix which makes the process even easier!


  • 1 box of vanilla cake mix
  • 2 large eggs, whisked
  • 1/3 C unsalted sweet cream butter, melted

Bourbon glaze ingredients (for 21+ Only)

  • 1/4 C unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 3 tbsp Jim Beam Kentucky bourbon


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
    2. Using a large bowl, whisk together the cookie ingredients until combined
    3. Using a small ice cream scooper, scoot out some dough onto the cookie sheet
    4. Bake for 8-9 minutes
    5. Allow cookie to cool for a few minutes before removing from pan and placing onto a wire rack
    6. Continue to bake the remaining batter
    7. Place cookies on a wire rack over another cookie sheet

Glaze directions 

    Using a small pot, combine all ingredients and cook over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved 

    Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the glaze onto each cookie and allow to harden before enjoying

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