Liquor Store Sample Inspires Butterscotch Kringle Cream Cookies

There were only two checkouts open at our local, monopoly of a liquor store and the lines felt as long as a Pioneer Woman book signing at the Mall of America. When I saw a rep giving out samples of Kringle Cream, there was no way I was stepping out of line to try his teeny cup of rum-based cream.

But soon the guy had us passing samples to each other through the line as he was digging for his last bottles and we were begging for seconds. I added it to my ongoing liquor store shopping list and headed out.

I picked up a bottle of the sweet liqueur just a few weeks later because I wasn’t sure if it was just a Christmas holiday thingyou know, because it’s called Kringle, and I had not yet been introduced to the delicious Danish pastry from which it got its name.

Kringle Cream
back of Kringle Cream bottle

Please note. Kringle has changed the look of their bottle since I took most of these pictures—the brown bottle is their old design and the fun, retro white bottle is their new design. Visit Kringle Cream’s website to find tasty cocktail recipes.

bottle of Kringle Cream with their new white design

As it turns out the Kringle name comes from a hand rolled Danish not Kris Kringle, which means we should be able to keep it stocked in our pantry all year long. (Store Kringle Cream in the refrigerator once you open the bottle. If there’s any left of course.) 

A few days ago I was thinking about how much I like the cream cheese dough for minty cream cheese cookies and how easy it would be to add booze and switch out the mint chocolate chips for a complementary chip or candy. Nutty Kringle seemed like the perfect liquor to combine with butterscotch and chocolate covered toffee pieces so I took a shot (1/3 of a cup actually) and made cookies. They are a keeper!

If you like baking cookies with cream cheese, here’s my favorite White Velvet Cutouts.

The next summer, I made a Kringle Maple Cheesecake. I took pictures but didn’t write down the recipe.

Sweet boozy wishes,


Butterscotch Kringle Cream Cookies

Staci at Random Sweets
Just like a delicate Kringle pastry, only better because these cookies have butterscotch chips.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 185 kcal


  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup butter-flavor shortening
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • cup Kringle Cream liquor, or any rum or butterscotch liquor
  • 2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • cups butterscotch chips
  • ¾ cup chocolate toffee pieces


  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat cream cheese on medium-high until smooth. Add shortening and beat until creamy.
  • Add sugars, beating until combined and smooth. Pour in Kringle Cream and beat on medium until incorporated.
  • Starting with 1/4 cup flour, beat on medium-low and then add the rest of the flour in two batches, scraping down sides of bowl in between.
  • Stir in butterscotch chips and toffee pieces.
  • Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. Press down slightly with the back of a spoon or your fingers. The cookies don’t spread as they bake so they are about the size that you place them on the pan.
  • Bake 12-14 minutes or until just barely browned. Don’t over bake. You want them to be soft.
  • Cool 10 minutes on pan and then transfer to a cooling rack. Store in airtight container at room temperature.


This recipe does not contain eggs.


Calories: 185kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 1gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 66mgPotassium: 20mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 92IUCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword butterscotch, cookie dough, egg-free, liquor

All text and images © Staci Mergenthal • Random Sweets

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    1. Hi Rhonda,

      Thank you for the update. The new bottle is neat! Although I don’t have a picture of one yet, I updated the post to let people know the look has changed. It’s time for me to get another bottle anyway. Yay!

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