Super flavorful hot buttered rum sugar cookies inspired by the festive winter cocktail.
I know the internet is going through a hot buttered rum renaissance right now, but the stuff still freaks me out. I guess I need to add “get comfortable with butter drinks” to my resolutions. But first, hot buttered rum in cookie form. Boozy butter cookies –– do it.
Hot Buttered Rum Cookies
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Super flavorful hot buttered rum sugar cookies inspired by the festive winter cocktail. Sugar Cookie base recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour.
Recipe Type: Dessert
Keyword: hot buttered rum cookies
Makes: 4 dozen cookies
- 14 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon dark rum
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 tablespoon orange zest, plus more for garnish
- 2-3 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1 teaspoon dark rum, optional
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for garnish
In a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix butter on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Slowly add confectioners’ sugar, taking time to scrape down sides as you go. Add egg yolk and rum, continuing to scrape down sides as needed.
In a small bowl, mix the sea salt and flour.
Turn mixer to low, and slowly incorporate the flour mixture, orange zest, and nutmeg. Mix just until dough starts to clump up and holds together when squeezed.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a large mound. If dough is too crumbly, add a drizzle of ice water. Divide dough into 2 discs, wrap tightly with plastic wrap, and set in fridge to chill for at least 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Remove 1 dough disc from fridge and set out for 20 minutes or until dough is workable. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a large rectangle, about 1/4-inch thick. Use cookie cutters to create shapes, placing cutouts on prepared baking sheets. Gather scraps, re-roll, and cut until you’ve used all the dough.
Bake cookies in batches for 11-14 minutes, or just until the edges are a very light golden brown. Cool cookies on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, then remove to a rack to cool completely.
Repeat for second disc.
In a small bowl, mix together confectioners’ sugar, orange zest, 2 tablespoons of orange juice, rum (if using), and nutmeg. Stir until smooth. Use remaining tablespoon of juice to adjust the icing for spreadability, according to your preference.
Drizzle icing on cookies and use the back of a spoon to spread. While icing is still wet, add orange zest and grated nutmeg for garnish.
Allow frosting to harden before storing. Keep finished cookies sealed at room temperature for up to 3 days.
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