#Beer cookies…YAY!

The sweet tooth started aching the other night, so we decided to whip up some cookies.  And what better way to make some sweet, delicious cookies than with some wonderful nectar that is beer.  Now, in all honesty, when cooking with beer, I tend to lean more towards the less expensive lines of brew.  I don’t mind spending a little more money on beer when I am drinking it, but I am not dropping ten bucks on a beer to roast a tenderloin.  So, for these cookies, I snagged a bottle of Harpoon’s UFO…a decent, solid, unfiltered Hef that is pretty readily available in the area, and it won’t bankrupt you.

In an attempt to keep these consistent, let’s take a look at the recipe first, and then I will give the obligatory beer review at the end.  To get the ball rolling, here are the ingredients you will be needing:

2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
1-1/4 cups Belgian White or Hef beer
2 oz Lindt Excellence Chili Chocolate
Stonewall Kitchen Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Sauce

Grab yourself a big mixing bowl, because it’s time to get to work.  Whip together the butter and brown sugar first.  I suggest using a hand mixer, because it takes way to long to pull this off by hand.  Once the brown sugar and butter are one, add in the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon.  This will get you a big bowl of dry, powdery mix.  Now it’s time to blend the beer in, and this should be done slowly and softly.  This style of beer tends to foam quite a bit, so take it slow.  The batter will slowly blend itself into a light, almost whipped dough.  At this point, I chopped up the 2 oz of chili chocolate.  You can use any kind of chocolate you want, as the dough is fairly mild and subtle in flavor, and will work with just about anything.  The recipe I adapted from also had the option of chopped walnuts, but that’s not my thing so they were replaced with the chocolate.  You really can do anything you want with this basic, easy cookie.  So, after the chocolate is chopped up, you fold it into the cookie dough.  Grab a spoon and start dropping dollops onto a greased cookie sheet.  The oven should be pre-heated to 350 degrees, and these little morsels will need to cook for approximately 14-16 minutes, depending on how big and thick you make them.

The cookies should come out a nice, light brown coloring, and you want to have a nice, toasted brown edging.  These are definitely on the softer, cakey side of cookie consistency.

As stated earlier, they are very mild in flavor, and even after adding the chili chocolate in, we needed a little something.  So, we busted out some chocolate caramel dipping sauce we had picked up from Stonewall Kitchen and lightly iced the tops of the cookies.  That, my friends, hit the spot.  In hindsight, a little vanilla could have been added throughout, as well, to add a little more richness and flavor to the dough.  It all depends on what you are going for and how sweet a cookie you are looking for.  Feel free to experiment with this one kids!

On to the beer.  Poured from a bottle into a weisse glass, the beer is a pale, unfiltered, hazy, yellowish coloring with a frothy, light, foamy white head that starts strong but settles into a bubbly film. The brew has signs of strong carbonation throughout the body, and there is nothing for lacing left along the glass as you go. Aromas of bread, clove, banana, and some light peppering. The beer’s flavors are mild, and the body is smooth, but slightly sharp at the end from the carbonation. Palate of slight citrus highlights along the banana bread backbone, with some spicy notes throughout that keep it clean. The aftertaste is more of the spicing, and again it’s a bit sharp from the effervescent and carbonated body. The finish is quick and clean. Easy enough to drink, that’s for sure.

Beer and cooking go hand in hand, and not just for entrees and hors d’ oeuvres.  Beer can absolutely be used in desserts, and depending on what style of brew you use, you can accomplish a lot of different flavors.  Plus, its way better to be able to drink the ingredients when beer is involved versus some dry sherry.  Get out there and be adventurous, and as always, drink educated my friends!

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