These keep well and also freeze well. Rum or whisky works well in place of the brandy.
These cookies were very good and really quite easy to make. I followed the recipe almost exactly. I didn't have brandy so I used Southern comfort. After the dough was mixed we couldn't really tast the SC so I added another 1-2 ounces even with that the flavour is not strong. I read the review about the glaze being the messiest part and I think I have a good solution. I was able to fit the entire batch onto two cookies sheets. I mixed the glaze in my biggest tupperware bowl. Then I set aside approximate 1/2 of the glaze. AFter the first sheet was done baking I put the balls into the tupperware bowl with the glaze and put the lid on the ball. Then I carefully tossed/rolled the balls around in the bowl. Then I poured them onto a cookies sheet with wax paper. I had to flip some of the balls over so the flattened side was on the bottom but other then a bit of chocolate glaze on two fingers it was not messy at all. Repeat with the second sheet and remainder of the glaze. So far only my daugther and I have taste tested but we both agree that they are great!! I will definately make these again but next time I will increase the amounts for the spices (we like things spicy!!) - 12 Jul 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
The glaze was the hardest and messiest part, and I didn't have enough for the whole recipe -- maybe I did something wrong? But the cookies were devoured! - 01 Aug 2001 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Oh, I had high hopes for these cookies, but they are almost not edible. The alcohol flavor is too much and there is really nothing to balance that out. - 20 Dec 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)