Believe it or not, part of my job is to scour the Internet for people cooking with beer, connect with them and share their recipes on CraftBeer.com. It’s actually one of my favorite things about my job—and certainly the most tasty.
For a Southern family, mine is on the small side (I’m talking two first cousins small), but one of our longest-running traditions is Cookie Day. Each year during the holidays our kitchen in South Mississippi becomes a Christmas cookie mecca, fueled on a dangerous mix of caffeine, sugar and of course craft beer (and wine—we’re a proper cross-drinking family y’all).
Everyone can request one cookie they’d like made, and all the standards are there—peanut butter blossoms, chocolate crinkles, butter spritz cookies (in the customary Christmas tree shape of course), snowballs, raspberry thumbprints—I’m telling you, it’s like a cookie sweatshop serenaded by Christmas With the Rat Pack.
This year, I’ve decided it’s time to bring craft beer to Cookie Day, and not just in my glass. Here’s a round-up of six of the most delicious-sounding beer cookies I’ve come across recently, made by some seriously creative and talented food bloggers. I can assure you one or two of these is going to sneak into our day and hopefully become a tradition of their own.
By: Lauren Wiersma
As a production team member at Left Hand Brewing Company, Lauren has plenty of access to the key ingredient for this recipe. She was looking to create the perfect combination of sweet, salty and spicy in her chocolate chip cookies made with Left Hand’s Milk Stout.
By: The Craving Chronicles
Another baker after my salty-sweet-craving heart is Theresa, author of The Craving Chronicles. These cookies are dressed up with a super simple homemade caramel frosting and then given just the right amount of crunch with a quick dip in crushed pretzels.
By: Love & Flour
Come on, you had me at cream cheese! The classic flavor combination of cherry and chocolate is given a little face-lift thanks to the addition of your favorite lambic that creates a light and airy body, perfect for sandwiching the cream cheese filling.
By: Beer for Dessert
A home-baker’s version of slice and bake, these cookies are a holiday classic y’all! Using a craft beer that features the same fruit/flavors as the dried fruit you decide on ensures a dynamite end result. Finish these off with festive, sparkling decorator’s sugar and share with your family and friends.
By: Butter me up, Brooklyn!
No beer reduction needed for these gooey treats, just add your favorite stout straight from the source! Lillie, author of Butter me up, Brooklyn! provides the perfect description: “They are just barely sweet, perfectly soft, studded with bits of chocolate and would be sublime as the “bread” in an espresso ice cream sandwich.”
By: We Are Not Martha
These fluffy little cookies, made with your favorite wit beer, are given a boost of sugary sweetness thanks to the addition of honey to the dough and a light orange icing. For an extra holiday touch, experiment with one of your favorite holiday spices like cinnamon or allspice.
Meghan Storey, the Brewers Association’s Web Editor, has been lucky enough to work in the world of craft beer for the past four years. She holds a degree in Print Journalism from the University of Mississippi, and has recently relocated to Nashville, TN. She loves to introduce friends to new craft beers and food pairings. Since beginning work on CraftBeer.com she can be found adding beer to just about everything she cooks.