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Sugar Cookie Martini

This holiday cocktail is seriously festive and sweet. Serve your guests a Sugar Cookie Martini at your next holiday party or at home by the Christmas tree. 

Head-on view of a sugar cookie martini with sprinkles rim in front of a lit Christmas tree with recipe title at top


And it’s officially Christmas weekend! I have today off and have spent the day wrapping presents, making ice cream, and attempting to clean the mess that I let our apartment turn into over the past couple weeks. Vacation day? Was most definitely needed by me. Of course, short holiday vacations generally aren’t totally relaxing since there’s so much to get done and so many people to see.

But I’m totally planning on staying in my pajamas and getting tons of reading done over the next couple days. That’s what Christmas means to me. Oh, and eating and drinking a ton, too. Perhaps a sugar cookie martini? It’s super simple, requires very few ingredients, and will totally satisfy your holiday sweet tooth. Forget cookies; have a cocktail instead! That’s what Cocktail Friday is all about. And during the holiday season, a Christmas cookie cocktail is just what the doctor, er Santa, ordered.


In case you couldn’t tell by the name, this is most definitely a dessert martini (duh). It’s sweet and strong and perfect for sipping on instead of eating Christmas cookies. Or while eating Christmas cookies. That would probably make it even better. Maybe just drink this instead of drinking eggnog. I promise it will satisfy you a whole lot more (and get you feeling a whole lot more relaxed…).

Obviously coating the cocktail glass rims in sprinkles is optional, but I highly, highly recommend it.

Martini glass upside down on a white plate with sprinkles

Because it’s so pretty! Not totally Christmasy, but definitely sugar cookie-y. You could, of course, use red and green sprinkles only if you prefer.

Overhead view of a martini glass with sprinkles on rim

If you haven’t had butterscotch schnapps before, get ready to be obsessed. It’s ridiculously delicious.

Overhead view of a cocktail shaker filled with ice, vodka, butterscotch schnapps, and milk

Especially when mixed with vodka and milk and poured into sprinkle-rimmed glasses. If you prefer to use cream or half and half for a more decadent drink, go for it! But don’t try to cut calories with skim milk as the drink will be too watery and not great.

This sugar cookie martini is perfect as an after dinner sipper when you need a little help getting in the holiday spirit. It’s a very sweet cocktail… But that’s exactly how a sugar cookie cocktail should be!

Landscape head-on view of sugar cookie martini with sprinkles rim in front of a lit Christmas tree

Something tells me if you leave this drink out for Santa instead of a glass of milk, you’ll get some extra awesome presents under the Christmas tree.

Though if you leave him this Christmas cookie cocktail AND cookies, he might go into sugar overload and you’ll wake up to find him in your living room floor under the tree on Sunday morning. Could be an interesting experiment. Don’t tell him I said that.

Head-on view of a sugar cookie martini with sprinkles rim in front of a lit Christmas tree


We’re spending the evening at home and then heading to my parents’ house for Christmas Eve. This is the first year Chris and I have had a Christmas tree in our apartment and we’re seriously loving it. I’m not going to want to take it down! Though I think we may have gone a bit overboard on gifts this year…

View of decorated Christmas tree with presents under it

Merry Christmas to all of our readers who celebrate! I hope you all have glorious weekends filled with good food, family, friends, and relaxation. And, of course, sugar cookie martinis!

How are you spending the holidays? What will you be sipping on?

If you’re looking for more delicious Christmas cocktails, check out my Hot Spiced Cranberry Cocktail and my Holiday Spiced Honeycrisp Apple Cocktail. I also want to fit in this Chocolate Peppermint Stick Cocktail from Salt & Lavender this holiday season!

Sugar Cookie Martini

This holiday cocktail is seriously festive and sweet. Serve your guests a Sugar Cookie Martini at your next holiday party or at home by the Christmas tree. 
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Cocktails, Christmas Martinis, Cookie Cocktails
Servings: 2 martinis
Author: Sues


  • Sprinkles, for decorating rim
  • 4 oz. vodka
  • 4 oz. butterscotch schnapps
  • 3 oz. whole milk or cream


  • Place sprinkles on a small plate. Using honey, simple syrup, or water, wet the rims of the martini glasses and swirl glasses in sprinkles to coat rims. 
  • Pour vodka, butterscotch schnapps, and milk into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well.
  • Pour mixture into sprinkle-rimmed cocktail glasses and enjoy!


18 Responses to "Sugar Cookie Martini"

  1. Lauren at Keep It Sweet says:

    Love this! Have a wonderful holiday weekend:-)

  2. Michelle says:

    I am totally with you on relaxing in my PJs, sleeping in, and doing lots of reading and blogging! Merry Christmas!

  3. Emily @ A Cambridge Story says:

    Love these photos with the sparkling lights in the background. Today is definitely one for relaxing and eating! Happy holidays.

  4. Kelsey says:

    This sounds really good. Outback had a gingerbread martini, but this sounds better.

  5. Michelle Collins says:

    This looks awesome – hope you had a great Christmas!!

  6. em says:

    have i told you how much i love your drink posts, sues?!
    this sounds super cozy! love the tree in your apt, too. i almost got a real one this year but decided against it at the last minute. maybe next year?
    i spent the holidays with family…and although i love fun drinks, my fave is definitely bell’s christmas ale…soo good.

  7. kitchenbelle says:

    I LOVE this idea! So pretty, so festive! What a fun dinner party drink.

  8. Healthy Jalapeño says:

    looks excellent girls and so festive too <3

  9. Bridget says:

    Your tree looks fabulous! Hope you two had an awesome Christmas! Last one as a non-married couple 😉

  10. Susan says:

    Love your tree and the martini photos! Hope you and Christ had a lovely weekend relaxing.

  11. Monique says:

    i got one for you girlies! Chocolate covered pretzel martinis!
    1 part whipped cream vodka, 2 parts frangelico. Salted rim! Hope you had a fabulous holiday!

  12. Karen says:

    Your tree is beautiful!! Enjoy these days…..the memories will come back to “kiss you on the cheek.”

  13. Kerstin says:

    The sprinkles around the rim are just so festive – love this!

  14. Party Princess says:

    Okay sounds delish… but I tried and no bueno… mind you it may have been by error by using fat free milk instead of whole milk? I will definitely try again with whole milk and then update everyone 🙂

  15. Sues says:

    @Party Princess- Unfortunately, skim milk definitely doesn’t work here. You need the whole milk for the creaminess otherwise the drink will be kind of watery and not great! 🙂

  16. Dee says:

    great drink but out the milk and use baileys Irish cream, you will love it.

  17. sandi says:

    I put honey on the rim of the glass to hold the sprinkles on better. It was great!

  18. Dawn Davidson says:

    Sues, I tried this at the tavern where I tend bar. we used half/half instead of milk. It was delish….. Thank you so much for your post!!!!

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