Butterbeer Cookies

Butterbeer Cookies...A buttery shortbread Meltaway base topped with a creamy Butterscotch Ganache! Tastes like the perfect little bite of Harry Potter's Butterbeer!

Butterbeer Cookies are a buttery shortbread meltaway thumbprint cookie topped with a creamy Butterscotch Ganache! Tastes like the perfect little bite of Harry Potter’s Butterbeer!

Oh friends, today is a special day!

Last month Kristan and I decided to see what you guys could do with a challenge. And you people bossed us hard. We had so many FANTASTIC entries in the Creative Cookie Contest…so when it was time to narrow it down to the top 3 finalists we had a super hard time. BUT we did it…



We had a Bacon Fat Snickerdoodles as our first finalist…and I have to say that I LOVE this idea. I mean…

Our second finalist was Butterbeer Cookies…sweet, buttery with a butterscotch ganache. Wow.

And third, an “Elvis Cookie” which is a fusion of creamy peanut butter & ripe bananas, topped in a rich chocolate butter cream.

Talk about INSPIRED! All the finalists deserve to be winners, but when we opened up the voting to you guys, the results were overwhelming.



So Kristan and I thought it would be fun to make the winning recipe and show you guys how to as well, by sharing the the details!

I mean look at these cuties…

Butterbeer Cookies...A buttery shortbread Meltaway base topped with a creamy Butterscotch Ganache! Tastes like the perfect little bite of Harry Potter's Butterbeer!

The cookies are a super simple, buttery meltaway base, topped with a creamy butterscotch ganache…and then drizzled with more ganache for good measure. My kids went crazy for these cookies. They are huge Harry Potter fans so it was fun tying the popular drink from the book into a cookie. I, on the other hand, have never read any of the Harry Potter books and fell asleep when we were watching the first movie (gasp)…but I know HP is a whole thing, so please don’t hate me.

Kara (the cookie creator) won a new iPad mini and a KitchenAid 5 Qt Artisan Stand mixer..totally well deserved.

I had a blast making these and I know you will as well!

Butterbeer Cookies...A buttery shortbread Meltaway base topped with a creamy Butterscotch Ganache! Tastes like the perfect little bite of Harry Potter's Butterbeer!

Congrats to Kara for a GREAT recipe…I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!!

And thanks to everyone who entered the contest, it was a lot of fun!!

Butterbeer Cookies
  • 1¼ cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon butter extract
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 5.5 ounces butterscotch chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and line your baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine together the flour and salt and set aside.
  3. With your mixer, cream together the butter, powdered sugar, butter extract and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Add all the dry ingredients and mix on low speed for about a minute. Wipe down the sides of the bowl and increase the speed to medium, and mix for another minute until a dough forms.
  4. Scoop a tablespoon of dough, roll it into a ball and place on your baking sheet about 1½ inches apart. You can use your thumb or the back of a teaspoon to make an indention in the cookie. Bake for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the cookies from the oven and immediately press down the indention a bit more to hold the ganache. Return the cookies to the oven and continue to bake for another 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  1. While the cookies are baking make the ganache. In a bowl, place your butterscotch chips and set aside. In a small saucepan on medium heat, bring the heavy cream up to just before boiling. Remove from heat and pour over the butterscotch chips. Allow to sit for a minute or so and whisk until smooth. You need to allow the ganache to cool to room temperature before using.
  1. When the cookies have cooled transfer ganache to a plastic squeeze bottle or zip top bag to create a piping bag. Pipe the ganache into the center of each cookie. You can drizzle the top with additional ganache if you want. Allow the ganache to set up. You can even refrigerate or freeze them for faster setting time.
A few notes from my experience baking the cookies using Kara's recipe:

If your cookie dough is too crumbly add a teaspoon of water at a time until the dough comes together. My dough was slightly crumbly and this trick worked perfectly.

I ended up baking the cookies for a bit less time so I would have a softer cookie. My total bake time was 14-15 minutes.

Also, I added 8 oz Butterscotch chips to the ganache instead of the 5.5 oz the original recipe lists, as I preferred it a bit thicker. BUT with that being said I had a lot of ganache leftover that I am saving for ice cream sundaes!


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21 Comments on "Butterbeer Cookies"

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Kara Canary

Thank you so much! I am so excited to be announced the winner! I am a total HP geek, so I’m glad everyone shares my enjoyment with these cookies! I’m glad the boys liked them!

Tracy | Pale Yellow

I have a whole bag of butterscotch chips waiting to be used! These look great!

Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture

Hallelujah! Not to be a total creep, but Kara, I love you. Harry Potter AND butterscotch ganache?!?! Dead. I just died happy. I don’t need anything else in my life.

I’m making these tonight. All other plans are henceforth cancelled.


Your Butterbeer cookies look amazing! I would love it, if you would share the recipes for the bacon fat snickerdoodles and the Elvis cookies!

Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

I’m not really an HP fan either, but if cookies like this are included, then I’m in! These look fantastic!


They sound wonderful but what is “butter extract?” I’ve never heard of it.


I would be so tempted to set a pecan half onto each pool of butterscotch.

thanks for this YUMMY LOOKING recipe idea!


Oooooooh! Mine are in the oven right now and I’m totally going to do this! Thank-you for the idea.


Congrats to all!!! Great cookies. xo Catherine


These do look amazing, do you really bake them a total of 20 min?

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

This is such a fabulous flavour! Definitely need to give this a try!


These look amazing. Can’t wait to try them.
Thank you for all of your great recipes.


WOW! These cookies are rocking my world my world!

Meraj shaikh

I am very thankful to you that you shared the recipe. I need more help to cookies and cake. Adorable Excellent

Lori @ RecipeGirl

What a fun and creative cookie! A must-try!


I have been unable to find butter extract in any of the grocery stores near me!! Would it completely change the flavor if I omit?


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