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 one of my favorite things about my job—and certainly the tastiest.
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).
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.
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Bacon, Beer and Cayenne By: Lauren Wiersma As a production team member at Left Hand Brewing Co., 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 with bacon, beer and cayenne.
Chocolate Stout Cookies with Salted Caramel Frosting & Pretzels By: The Craving Chronicles Another baker after my salty-sweet-craving heart is Theresa, author of The Craving Chronicles. These chocolate stout 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.
Cream Cheese-Stuffed Chocolate Cherry Lambic Cookies 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 in these chocolate lambic cookies.
Holiday Sablés with Fremont Brewing Abominable Winter Ale By: Beer for Dessert A home-baker’s version of slice and bake, these holiday sablés are a classic! 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.
Soft Stout Cookies By: Butter me up, Brooklyn! No beer reduction needed for these gooey soft stout cookies, 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.”
White Beer Cookies By: We Are Not Martha These fluffy white 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.
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