White Beer Cookies

  • Recipe TypeDessert
  • Prep Time40 minutes prep / 16 - 20 minute bake time
  • Yield24 cookies

These cookies are made light and fluffy with the addition of witbier and fruity from fresh orange juice and zest.


  • Cookies

    2 bottles (12 oz. each) Belgian-style white beer (author used Avery Brewing Co.'s White Rascal)
  • 5 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 medium orange, zested
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

    Icing (optional, but not really)

    1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tbsp whole milk
  • 1 orange, zested



  1. Combine beer and the honey in a medium saucepan over medium heat and reduce until 1/3 cup of liquid remains. I know. You’re starting with 24 oz. of beer and reducing it to 1/3 cup.
  2. About 40 minutes or so. You should skim that foam off the top of the liquid and discard during the reduction.
  3. Tip: The liquid will begin to aggressively foam because of the high sugar concentration when there is around 1/3 cup remaining
  4. While your reduction is cooling, cream the butter and sugar together.
  5. Add the egg and blend the mixture together.
  6. Then add vanilla, orange zest, coriander, and the beer reduction. Blend together.
  7. Whisk the flour and baking soda together in a separate bowl and slowly add it to the batter. Mix until just blended.
  8. Scoop mounds of cookie dough onto an aluminum cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, fitting about 12 cookies on a pan.
  9. Bake at 350°F for 16 - 20 minutes.
  10. Let the cookies cool for about 10 minutes.
  11. Then move them to wire racks to finish cooling.
  12. Icing

  13. Begin by whisking the vanilla into the powdered sugar.
  14. In a separate bowl, mix the orange juice and milk together.
  15. Then pour the  orange juice/ milk mixture into the sugar, until you reach your desired consistency of a thick paste. Probably only 1 tbsp of the orange juice/milk.
  16. Make sure your cookies are completely cooled! Using a butter knife, put a dollop of icing on each cookie and spread it a bit over the top. Then place a small piece of orange zest on top of the cookie as garnish.
  17. Let the icing harden a bit and enjoy!

Leslie GreenIn January 2008, childhood friends Sues and Chels began We Are Not Martha, a blog about adventures in the kitchen and in Boston, ways to spruce up city apartments, products they've stumbled upon, trips they've taken, and the details of the lives of two 20-somethings. Now in their third year, these fun and inspiring bloggers aren't scared to try new things in the kitchen, including cooking with craft beer!