Kahlua White Russian Cookies

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 in Cookies, Drop Cookies | 26 comments

Kahlua White Russian Cookies

I’m going to be honest with you guys. I am a one beer wonder, a one drink stink, a total light weight and a cheap date…bottom line I have a very small tolerance for alcohol.  It’s in my genes.  My dad could get a buzz from a non-alcoholic beer so it’s really not my fault.  Luckily for me, the majority of alcohol bakes out in these Kahula White Russian Cookies so I can have as many as I want without that nasty hangover I am WAY too old for!

Kahlua White Russian Cookies

Have you ever had a White Russian? It’s basically vodka, Kahlua and cream. Simple and delicious. It is actually my husband’s favorite drink which is why I had to make a cookie after it. This cookie has all the elements of a White Russian minus the vodka.  But who needs vodka when you can have espresso, Kahlua and white chocolate all wrapped up in one awesome cookie! Yum!

Kahlua White Russian Cookie

For this White Russian Cookie, I knew I wanted an element of crispy and chewy which is why I used both white sugar and brown sugar. The brown sugar contributes to  a chewier cookie and the white sugar gives it an element of crispiness. I also used ground espresso instead of liquid espresso because I wanted to keep the liquid low in this  recipe for a chewier cookie. Liquid when baked in a cookie causes the cookie to steam resulting in a puffier cookie. The ground espresso also adds a nice texture to the cookie, which I kind of like but here’s a sweet success tip, make sure you grind the espresso beans pretty fine or you might get tons of grinds in your teeth which is never that fun. Also contributing to a chewier cookie, I used baking soda instead of baking powder.  The end result a super espresso-y, chewy & dense delicious White Russian Cookie. It’s 5 ‘O Clock somewhere! 

Kahlua White Russian Cookies

Contrary to poplar belief, alcohol does not bake out completely when put in baked goods. You probably won’t get drunk with this cookie but just to be safe I wouldn’t serve it to children either. 🙂 What’s your favorite drink for happy hour?

White Russian Cookies


  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter Softened
  • 1/2 cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 tablespoons Ground Espresso
  • 2 tablespoons Kahlua
  • 1 3/4 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 8oz White Chocolate Chips


This recipe makes 12-14 cookies.


Step 1
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Step 2
Cream softened butter, white sugar & brown sugar. Add egg, espresso and Kahlua and mix until incorporated.
Step 3
In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda & salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Add the white chocolate chips and mix to combine.
Step 4
Scoop 2-3 round tablespoons of dough and place on the parchment lined baking sheets about 2-3 inches apart. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Cool and enjoy with maybe an White Russian drink!

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  1. Trying to make these minus the khalua for a Big Lebowski themed care package for my boyfriend who’s currently deployed overseas. Could the ground espresso and khalua be substituted with liquid espresso? Or would you recommend using something else?

  2. Doing these for a cookies exchange. Will making the cookies smaller affect the texture? I know I will have to adjust the baking time.

  3. I tried these and they weren’t as flat in the picture. They actually turned out like biscuits. And they burnt after 8 minutes ): not sure how I messed it up. I followed the recipe exactly.

    • There’s a few things that could have gone wrong here; you want to make sure your butter is softened, not melted. So leave a stick out on the counter for a while before making the dough. You want to make sure to cream the sugar and butter long enough- about 2 mins. Add the wet ingredients one at a time. You can also chill the dough overnight in the fridge.

      I made some adjustments to the recipe and my cookies turned out perfect- I substituted some of the all purpose flour for bread flour- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour and 1/2cup bread flour. The bread flour keep the dough from spreading in the oven so you don’t get flat cookies. I also added an egg yolk which makes your cookies more chewy and moist.

      Hope this helps!

    • Also I baked my cookies at 375 for 10 mins. They turned out chewy on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside.

  4. Hi! Just wondering if anyone has added more liquid to the recipe and how it turned out? I would like to add some vodka to the batter. Also, has anyone frozen this dough to make at a later time? I would like to give this a gift. Thanks in advanced for your help 🙂

    • you could probably substitute one of the tablespoons of Kahlua for a tablespoon of vodka- you shouldn’t loose any of the coffee taste with all the espresso. Also I’ve frozen cookie dough with alcohol and it’s always been fine.

  5. Hi Liz, I’m stopping by to say hello since we are in the same SITS tribe. These cookies sound awesome, I can’t wait to try out the recipe.

    • Hi Jordan! Thanks saying hi! Yay for tribes! 🙂

  6. Hi Liz! I am coming by to say hello because we’re in the same SITS tribe! I look forward to getting to know you!

    • Hi Beth! Thank you for stopping by! Excited to be part of a tribe together and getting to know you as well!

  7. These cookies look REALLY good. Yum!

    • Thank you Kristi! Hope you are having a fabulous week!!

  8. I can’t tolerate alcohol either, but I’d never say no to one of these cookies! Mmm, they look delicious!

  9. Oooh, these cookies are just what I was looking for! Can’t wait to give them a try.

  10. It’s ok, I am made fun of always for being a light weight. After one cocktail I am done lol! I have never had a white russian but it sounds so good. The cookies will be a perfect way to get introduced. Oh my favorite after hour drink is a cosmo!

    • Thanks girl!! I love me some cosmos! I should make a cosmo cookie!

  11. I only like sweet fruity or chocolatey drinks, but these look right up my alley!

  12. 1 – I’m trying to eat healthy and 2- I’m trying not to drink!! soo girrrl these are doing me NO favors, yettt I’m still obsessed 🙂

    • Haha!!! Good for you Christine! Sorry to be a bad influence 🙂

  13. Haha I am a cheap date too. I was in a fraternity in college, and I used to drink A LOT. Now I have 2 glasses of wine and I’m hung over 😉 So yeah, now I prefer to have my alcohol in dessert form. Like these tasty cookies!

    • Haha Brandon I am so right there with you! And the hang overs now are way worse than I remember them being in college! Booze cookies way better 🙂

  14. Oh gosh these sound so good!

  15. I am SUCH a cheap date too! But, with the price of a cocktail, I don’t mind! I LOVE these, plus they look so simple and easy! I can only think of one thing better than a cookie…and that is a cookie with booze!
    As for my favorite happy hour drink…Peach Bellini all the way!

    • Haha Taylor!! For sure!! I love peach bellinis! So classy and elegant and super yummy all at the same time!!

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