Who said you can’t include spirits in your food? We have been experimenting a lot lately to try to help beverage brands showcase their product in a different way! It has been really fun and we have actually gotten more positive comments on this rye whiskey chocolate chip cookie recipe than our other non-liquor cookies! Wow! Give this recipe a shot and indulge in the perfect fusion of rich rye whiskey and decadent chocolate chips. The nutty and slightly spicy notes of rye beautifully complement the sweetness of the chocolate, creating a heavenly combination that will delight your taste buds. Be sure to check out our suggested pairing below!

rye whiskey chocolate chip cookies

how to make rye whiskey chocolate chip cookies


  • 3 T rye whiskey 
  • 1 ½ sticks butter, unsalted
  • 1 ¾ C all-purpose flour 
  • ½  C brown sugar 
  • ½ C granulated sugar 
  • 1 large egg 
  • 2 t vanilla extract 
  • ½ t baking soda 
  • 2 t cornstarch 
  • ¼ t salt, plus more for topping 
  • 1 C semi-sweet chocolate chunks
ingredients for rye whiskey chocolate chip cookies


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Heat a small pot over medium heat, and melt the butter. Stir occasionally to prevent burning. Cook until the butter begins to brown. 

In a large bowl, combine butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Beat with a handheld mixer until combined and smooth. Next add egg, vanilla, and whiskey to the bowl and mix until all ingredients are combined. Lastly add flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt. Using the mixer, combine all ingredients until smooth. 

Gently fold in the chocolate chunks with a spatula and set the dough aside. Using an ice cream scooper, scoop the cookie dough onto the lined tray. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight. If you need to make cookies the day of, you can chill the dough for a minimum of four hours. 

Bake the cookies for 11 – 14 minutes. Once cookies are done sprinkle salt flakes on top. Let the cookies sit on the baking sheet for an additional five minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Buon Appetito!


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To get that aesthetic cookie look make sure to IMMEDIATELY sprinkle salt flakes onto the cookies once it’s removed from the oven so they stick in place.

If you want to make these gluten-free, we normally use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour. However, as we all probably know, gluten-free baking can be tricky! We did not test this recipe with a 1-to-1 gluten free flour so if you do try it out leave a comment below with your results.

Suggested Pairing for rye chocolate chip cookies

Enjoy these rye whiskey chocolate chip cookies with an old fashioned and you have yourself a complete meal! We always like a good rye in our old-fashioned, but if you want to be a bit different go with a good bourbon. Some of our favorites are Templeton Rye and Breckenridge Bourbon! Personally, we would pair these cookies with our raspberry rhubarb whiskey sour.

rye whiskey chocolate chip cookies


Hi there, 
We are Elise and Evan and we're so glad you are here! Cheffing up tasty bites and sips is our love language and we are very happy to share these recipes with you. We both have valuable restaurant experience and have learned a thing or two about making tasty bites and sips. Through Carnelian Cooks we are sharing all of our tips and tricks! Please provide a comment or feedback below on any recipes that you give a try. 

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