Caramel Whiskey Cookies Recipe
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Caramel Whiskey Cookies Recipe

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A bit of yogurt replaces part of the butter in the traditional cookie, but you would never know. I get a lot of requests for these and can’t make a cookie tray without them. —Priscilla Yee, Concord, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 24 caramels
  • 1 tablespoon whiskey
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie (calculated without kosher salt): 93 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 83mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars until crumbly. Beat in yogurt, oil and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into sugar mixture.
  2. Shape into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with bottom of a glass dipped in flour. Bake 7-9 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a microwave, melt caramels with whiskey; stir until smooth. Spread over cookies. Drizzle with chocolate; sprinkle with salt if desired. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Caramel Whiskey Cookies in Healthy Cooking December/January 2013, p70

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tlindberg User ID: 1205099 241460
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2016

"These cookies were easy to make and really yummy. I will definitely make these again."

pamsterhamster User ID: 2978210 125774
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2014

"This is award winning. Baked these for Christmas gifts & got rave reviews."

sewingpianist User ID: 5800540 189840
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

"Wonderful! The basic cookie is a great foundation for all types of toppings, and the cookies are easy!"

Rachel_Halverson User ID: 1264394 200354
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

"I too felt the dough was fairly crumbly. I refrigerated it overnight though and was able to easily form balls the following evening. I took the cookies to our departmental holiday potluck and they were a huge success. Maybe reducing the flour by 1/2 cup would do the trick. Happy Holiday baking! Rachel"

rhonda1 User ID: 1537009 127403
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2012

"I was really looking forward to these cookies. I measured everything correctly but there was no way you could shape these into balls, they were too crumbly. I did try to squeeze them into a ball but as soon as I tried to press them with the glass they just crumbled to pieces. So the dough just ended up in the trash. I would love some suggestions as to what went wrong. They look so good in the picture"

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