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Hot Buttered Rum Cookies

Hot Buttered Rum Cookies

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.

Hot Buttered Rum Cookies Recipe

Yield: 50 small cookies

Hot Buttered Rum Cookies Recipe


    Cookie Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons spiced rum
  • Glaze Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons spiced rum
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon whole milk (If you want a stronger rum flavor, add another teaspoon of rum and remove the extra teaspoon of milk.)


    Cookie Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
  3. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix butter, sugar, and brown sugar until fully combined.
  4. Mix together egg and rum in a small bowl and then mix into the butter/sugar mixture.
  5. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  6. Drop tablespoon (or any size you'd like) balls of dough onto a parchment- or Silpat-lined cookie sheet. Be sure to leave a little space around the balls for them to expand while baking.
  7. Bake for 14 minutes or until cookies have puffed up but are dry on top.
  8. Wait for cookies to cool slightly before removing from the cookie sheet. If you remove them too early, they won't come off cleanly.
  9. Glaze Directions
  10. Mix all ingredients and spread or drizzle over cookies.
  11. The glaze will harden after a few minutes.

More Hot Buttered Rum

If you like hot buttered rum, but sure to check out my hot buttered rum mugcakes.  For an alcohol-free hot buttered rum cookie recipe, check out the one on Bakin’ Mama.

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24 Responses to Hot Buttered Rum Cookies

  1. Lisa Crunkhorn December 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    These look so good. I love the spices in the cookies too and the rum addition sounds right up my street!

    Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

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  2. Tash @ The Velvet Moon Baker December 23, 2012 at 1:17 am #

    Stef these sound AMAZING! so yummy i may have to make these to take to the mother-in-laws Christmas dinner. She’s Irish so loves anything with a little booze in it haha.

    Have a wonderful Christmas :D

  3. Lianna December 23, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    These look so good! I’m going to try them this week. I think I’ll substitute some butter flavoring for some of the milk. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes!

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    Those look absolutely delicious. I could always go for some rum cookies.

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  10. Agnes June 26, 2013 at 5:51 am #

    If I want to substitute the rum with rum essence, how much do I add?

  11. Mephyle December 4, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    Wouldn’t the baking time depend a lot on the size? How big did you make them for 14 minutes of baking? Knowing that would help adjust the baking time if I make them larger or smaller than yours. They look delicious, I look forward to trying them!

  12. Sandy December 14, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    These cookies are great!
    I doubled the recipe and it barley made 50 small cookies.

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    6 tablespoons of butter is 90ml just in case anyone wanted it converted….

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