Leave out these hot buttered rum cookies on Christmas eve and you’ll get a very jolly Santa! These hot buttered rum cookies taste like simple spice cookies (there’s cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in the batter), but instead of using vanilla extract, their flavored is enriched with spiced rum. The rum does not overpower (if you want a really strong rum flavor, try my rum balls!); in these cookies, the rum just adds warmth and depth.
I’ve topped the hot buttered rum cookies with a rum glaze. Like the cookies themselves, the glaze just has a hint of rum. If you prefer a more intense rum experience, it’s easy to make the glaze stronger – I explain how in the recipe below.