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Kentucky Bourbon Butter Cookies 

When you need an adult treat that is sweet, try this Kentucky Bourbon butter cookies! Sure to be a hit at your next party!

When summer time hits, and the bbq parties are in full swing, there is nothing more satisfying than having grilled burgers, steaks, chicken, or even hot dogs. Adding in great conversation with great friends makes it even more special.

That’s why I like to make these Kentucky bourbon butter cookies. They are sweet, with just the right amount of flavor of bourbon in the glaze.  Now, to be honest, these are not child friendly due to the alcohol added to it. However, you could leave that part out of the equation to make it child friendly if you wanted.

One of the best parts of this recipe is how easy it is to make. Not a lot of measuring of different ingredients. Pull out your favorite vanilla boxed cake mix and you are set!

butter cookies stacked, with bottle of bourbon in background

Do I need to use 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.

For other treats, check out these posts:

Homemade Old Fashioned Donuts

Patriotic Marshmallow Pops

Strawberry No Bake Cheesecakes

What about the cake mix for these butter cookies? Can I use something different?

Yes, if you want. You can use any boxed cake flavor you would like. Try devil’s food, German chocolate, or for a party touch, the sprinkle mix! If you want to go completely from scratch, use your favorite sugar cookie recipe and proceed with the glaze.

steps for making butter cookies


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

Bourbon glaze ingredients

  • 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, until golden brown.
  5. Allow cookie to cool for a few minutes before removing from pan and placing onto a wire rack.
  6. Continue to bake of the remaining batter.
  7. Place cookies on a wire rack over another cookie sheet.
  8. Make glaze by using a small pot, combine all ingredients and cook over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.
  9. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the glaze onto each cookie and allow to harden before enjoying.

What is your favorite sweet treat to bring to parties? Will you try these Kentucky bourbon butter cookies?