Vanilla Crown Royal Cookies

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Cocoa sugar cookies with a slight hint of Crown Royal Flavor will tickle the taste buds of anyone that tries them. This Vanilla Crown Royal Cookies recipe is a simple drop cookie that comes together in no time. This delicious soft cookie tastes incredible and would be a fantastic addition to any cookie tray. 

To say that our family is a fan of Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey would be an understatement. A bottle of Crown Royal is ever-present at family gatherings and the go-to for cocktails.  A few years back, my brother-in-law sent me a recipe from the famous purple Crown Royal box for Crown Royal Cookies. I have been playing around with it, and we have found that this is our preferred way to make Crown Royal Cookies. 

My take on Crown Royal’s original recipe uses brown sugar and granulated sugar, and a bit more vanilla by using Vanilla Crown Royal. I also like to roll my cookies in homemade vanilla sugar before I bake them. 

What is a Crown Royal Cookie?

Crown Royal Whisky cookies are soft, chewy, drop cookies made with the addition of Crown Royal whiskey.  Adding alcohol to cookies gives them a new dimension of flavor.  

If you’ve never added liquor to your cookies before, what are you waiting for? You’d be surprised at the extra flavor the liquor brings to the recipe. 

This recipe for Royal Crown Cookies is perfect for family get-togethers, book club meetings, or just a special treat to have on those days when you need something sweet. These cookies freeze really well so any leftovers can be stored for a few months. 

Baking with contents from your liquor cabinet can be fun! If you love these Vanilla Crown Royal Cookies, take a peek at my Kahlua Crinkle Cookies, my Mocha Rum Balls, and these Bittersweet Chocolate Bourbon Balls. 


Crown Royal Sugar Cookies Ingredients

For complete measurements and instructions, please scroll down to the printable recipe card.

  • Butter – these cookies use one stick of butter. I prefer to bake with unsalted butter but you could substitute salted if that’s all you have in your fridge. It is best to let the butter come to room temperature before baking with it. 
  • Cocoa powder – for baking purposes, I always use unsweetened cocoa powder. 
  • Granulated and brown sugar – in this recipe I use a combination of white and brown sugars.
  • Eggs – any kind of eggs will work in this recipe though I typically use large eggs.
  • Vanilla extract -pure vanilla extract is best but imitation will also work.
  • Homemade Vanilla Sugar for rolling – this vanilla sugar really takes the taste of these cookies up a notch. 
  • Crown Royal Vanilla Whiskey – I use vanilla-flavored whiskey in this recipe. If you don’t have the vanilla flavor on hand you can substitute the regular Crown Royal whiskey and add a bit more vanilla extract. You could also make these cookies with Crown Apple, Crown Royal peach, Salted Caramel Crown or even Crown Royal Maple Whiskey. Make them your own!
  • All-purpose flour – all-purpose flour, a pantry staple is best for these cookies.
  • Baking soda – baking soda helps these cookies to rise ever so slightly. 
  • Salt – a pinch of salt enhances the flavor of these cookies. Any kind of finely ground salt will do. 

How to make this Crown Royal Cookie Recipe 

FIRST:  Preheat the oven and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

SECOND: In a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, cream together softened butter and sugars.  

THIRD: Mix in eggs until combined.

FOURTH: Add in vanilla extract and Vanilla Crown Royal.

FIFTH: Sift together flour, baking soda, cocoa, and salt.

Add to the wet ingredients mixing until combined.

SIXTH: Scoop out the dough and form 1-tablespoon size balls of cookie dough.

SEVENTH: Roll cookie dough balls in vanilla sugar and place them on the cookie sheet. 

EIGHTH: Bake the cookies and then allow them to cool on a rack. 

NINTH: Store in an airtight container. 

These cookies freeze really well, too!

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Can Crown Royal be used in cooking? Yes, Crown Royal can be used as a way to add flavor to both cooking and baking.  

What is Crown Royal made from? Crown Royal is made from a combination of corn, rye and barley. 

Where is Crown Royal made? Crown Royal is made in the Canadian province of Manitoba.

How good is Crown Royal? I would say Crown Royal is very good. It is one of the most popular brands of whiskey. 

Can kids eat cookies made with whiskey? There is much debate about how much and if the alcohol content of baked or cooked foods is burnt off. To be on the safe side I would not serve kids food that contains alcohol. 

Please take into consideration that some of the alcohol in this recipe may not completely burn off and the remains could be of significant concern to recovering alcoholics, and people who have ethical or religious reasons for avoiding alcohol. Keep this in mind if you are taking this cookie recipe to an event.

Can I add chocolate chips to these cookies? Far be it from me to say no to more chocolate! Yes, dark chocolate or white chocolate chips would be an amazing addition to these cookies. Mini chocolate chips would give just a bit more chocolate flavor.

Can I substitute other flavors of Crown Royal? Absolutely! You can use Apple Crown Royal, Peach Crown Royal, Maple Crown Royal, and Salted Caramel Crown Royal but Original Crown Royal will also work.

Tips & Tricks

  • Get all the ingredients ready before you start to prepare the cookies so they can come to room temperature. 
  • If you find your brown sugar is starting to get hard you can add a cut-up piece of apple to the bag/container and it will soften up the sugar. There is also a special disc that I add to my container of brown sugar.  
  • These cookies will keep on the kitchen counter for a few days or a few months in the freezer.
  • You can easily double the recipe and keep a batch in the freezer for when unexpected guests come over. 
  • Get creative and use a cookie cutter for unique cookie shapes. 




These Crown Royal Whiskey Cookies really taste great. They come together quickly and easily and can be enjoyed over a cup of coffee as an afternoon treat.  

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Vanilla Crown Royal Cookies

Cocoa sugar cookies with a slight hint of Crown Royal Flavor will tickle the taste buds of anyone that tries them. This Crown Royal Cookie recipe is a simple drop cookie that comes together in no time. This delicious soft cookie tastes incredible and would be a fantastic addition to any cookie tray. 
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time11 minutes
Total Time21 minutes
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baking with crown royal, cocoa, crown royal cookies, crown royal sugar cookies, crown royal whiskey, vanilla crown, vanilla sugar
Servings: 3 1/2 Dozen Cookies
Calories: 68kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 1/2 cup butter (one stick) unsalted, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Crown Royal Vanilla Whiskey 2 mini bottles
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Homemade Vanilla Sugar for rolling see notes


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a your baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, Cream together softened butter and sugars.
  • Mix in eggs on low speed until combined.
  • Mix in vanilla extract and Vanilla Crown Royal.
  • Sift together flour, baking soda, cocoa and salt, and add to the wet ingredients mixing until combined.
  • Using a 1 Tablespoon sized cookie scoop, form cookie dough balls, and roll them in vanilla sugar.
  • Place cookie dough balls 2" apart onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  • Bake for approximately 11 minutes. Don't over bake or the cookies won't be soft in the middle.
  • Cool on rack.
  • Store in an airtight container. These cookies freeze really well, too!


Here is How to make Vanilla Sugar
This recipe is adapted from the original Crown Royal Cookie recipe.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 45mg | Sugar: 7g
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  1. I love boozy desserts and these cookies were no exception! So easy and delicious; definitely adding these to my baking line up this holiday season!

    1. As mentioned in the post, there is no guarantee that ALL of the alcohol will be cooked from them, but the amount is small. The cookies don’t “taste” like alcohol. Please use your own discretion.

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