Chocolate Double Rye Cookies

by Irvin on December 12, 2013 · 7 comments

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You won’t regret making these rich, earthy chocolate cookies made with rye flour and a dash of rye whiskey for a subtle smokey kick.

Salted Chocolate Double Rye Cookies by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

“Mom! Why do you always have to add alcohol to everything?” asked the daughter of my friend (who shall remain nameless). Said friend had just gotten ahold of a copy of Tartine Book No. 3, a cookbook focusing on baking with whole grains and the first recipe she made out of it was the Salted Chocolate Rye Cookies. My friend’s daughter apparently had pegged her mom as a lush. After explaining to her daughter that she was NOT baking with booze but with rye flour, her daughter proceeded to eat several handfuls of the cookies. I, of course, immediately went home after she told me that story and developed a rye cookie recipe that DID use rye whiskey in it. Because even though I am not a lush, I like to pretend to be one, especially when it comes to baked goods. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Chocolate Rye Cookies with Rye Whiskey. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

I was lucky to have a spare bottle of gently used rye whiskey lying around the house for me to use from a photo shoot. Since I rarely drink and AJ is more of a martinin or wine person, I’ve been looking for an excuse to play with the whiskey in the kitchen. Thankfully the smokey rye whiskey works beautifully with chocolate and rye flour.

Chocolate Double Rye Cookies by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

So when the holidays start to get a little too hectic or your crazy in-laws are driving you mad, these cookies are a pretty good solution. They look like regular chocolate cookies but the rye whiskey gives it a nice little kick. Of course you can always just make yourself a Manhattan but I’m going to say that these cookies are a little more subtle way of dealing with the holidays. Because who wouldn’t love a holiday cookie with a secret dash of whiskey in it?

Chocolate Rye Cookies with Rye Whiskey and Rye Flour. Recipe and Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

If you like these chocolate double rye cookies, try these other recipes that use rye from around the web.
Girl vs. Dough’s Braided Rye Bread
Naturally Ella’s Rye Waffles with Blackberry Sauce
Food for my Family’s Rye and Blueberry Breakfast Tarts
Food Doodle’s Mini Strawberry Rhubarb Galettes with Whole Grain Rye Crust
101 Cookbook’s Swedish Rye Cookies

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Claudia December 12, 2013 at 5:48 am

Intriguing. Rye flour without any wheat. Must up the gooey chocolately factor. No chance I’ll find rye flour in Dharamsala, but must try this recipe when I’m back stateside. You continue to surprise.


Ruthy @ Omeletta December 12, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I definitely think I know of an in-law or four who could benefit from some boozy cookies this holiday season 🙂 Love the flaky sea salt on top!


Belinda @zomppa December 13, 2013 at 4:08 am

Nope, don’t suppose I’d regret for a second!


Marina Nims December 16, 2013 at 9:45 pm

These cookies were a hit at the birthday party at a gluten free household. People remarked about the intense chocolate flavor. Thanks. Irvin, for making me popular 😉


Amy Andrews January 22, 2014 at 11:09 am

Hi! I misplaced a mag article w/this recipe & found your adaptation – thanks! Very clever w/the double rye.


Rachel Carr March 9, 2014 at 9:45 pm

I never thought about it before but chocolate and rye are a natural pairing! I will have to try a vegan version of this…Thanks for the post! I just discovered your site and I look forward to perusing it more!


Sam May 17, 2016 at 2:37 pm

Those turned out very delicious! Somehow spongy like a cake, but still a bit crispy on top. Booze really makes a difference in the flavor, though I used normal whiskey instead of rye one. Only rye flour though and I was so surprised! The texture is nothing like rye bread which was my main concern.
Thank you for the recipe!


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