Bourbon Cranberry Cookies


Dried cherries would be equally delicious in place of the cranberries.

Bourbon Cranberry Chippers
Photo: Andy Lyons
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins


  • 1 cup dried cranberries or cherries

  • ¼ cup bourbon

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup regular rolled oats

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 8 ounce semisweet chocolate, chopped

  • ½ cup macadamia nuts, chopped

  • Bourbon Ganache

  • Flaked or coarse sea salt (optional)


  1. Place cranberries and bourbon in a small bowl; cover and let stand for 1 hour (do not drain).

  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In a large bowl beat the butter for 30 seconds. Add the sugars and beat until combined. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Add the flour, oats, and baking soda; beat until combined. Stir in the chocolate, nuts, and cranberry mixture. Shape into 1 1/2-inch balls and arrange 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Using your thumb, make an indent in the center of each ball. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove cookie sheet to a wire rack. Use the rounded side a teaspoon measure to repress the indents and carefully press in edges, if necessary, to reshape cookies. Cool 2 minutes. Remove cookies to wire rack to cool completely.

  3. Fill each cookie center with ganache. Let stand until slightly firm or chill 10 to 15 minutes until firm. sprinkle with salt, if desired.

Bourbon Ganache:

Place 1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces in a small heat-proof bowl; set aside. In a small saucepan bring 1 cup whipping cream just to simmering. Pour over chocolate; let stand 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Stir in 1 tablespoon bourbon and stir to combine. Let stand 15 minutes to thicken slightly.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

176 Calories
10g Fat
21g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 46
Calories 176
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 64mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0.1mg 1%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 67mg 1%
Folate, total 13.5mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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