I loooooooove boozy cookies. They give you just a hint of that liquored-warmth without sending you into a mind-numbing coma (though there are definitely days I might prefer the mind-numbing, in which case I skip the cookie and go straight for the bourbon.)
Kidding. I would never skip the cookie.
These cookies incorporate all four of my favorite ways to boost flavor:
1. Toast the oatmeal and/or flour before incorporating
2. Toast the nuts
3. Brown the butter
4. Add alcohol
Now all that toasting and browning before you start might seem kinda fussy and like too much work. But you can do items 1-3 at the same time — all on your stovetop (or in the oven for 1 & 2 if you prefer). So it’s really just an extra 5-10 minutes. But the difference in flavor is EXPONENTIAL.
These are not so bourbon-y that kids won’t eat them. Mine devoured them and didn’t say a thing (the alcohol cooks out so you’re just left with subtle flavor). Jeff and I could taste the bourbon though and loved the warmth it gave as we devoured every bite. If you’re not into it, leave it out.