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Caramel Whiskey Cookies

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
    4 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Shape into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with bottom of a glass dipped in flour. Bake until edges are light brown, 7-9 minutes. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.
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  • tlindberg
    Jan 10, 2016

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

  • pamsterhamster
    Sep 10, 2014

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

  • sewingpianist
    Dec 22, 2012

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

  • Rachel_Halverson
    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
    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

  • mkaskela
    Dec 5, 2012

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