So holiday time rolls around, and parties are a plenty. I had to come up with a new luncheon treat to bring to work, and I wanted to use my own homebrew in it somehow. After some research I found this recipe. Perfect! It uses beer, chocolate chips, bacon (everybody loves bacon, right?!?), and cayenne pepper. As with most things, I had to do some modifications to make it my own and work with what I had at home, so here is what I came up with.
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp coarse salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cayenne
- 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 package chocolate chips
- 6 slices of bacon, cooked and finely chopped
- 12 ounces of porter, 2 Tbsp go in the batter and the rest gets consumed by the baker
- To make these cookies, pre-heat oven to 350°F.
- In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cayenne.
- In a large bowl, use an electric mixer on medium to beat butter and two sugars for about two minutes, until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat to combine.
- With mixer on low, add the porter and then add the flour mixture and beat until combined.
- Stir in dark chocolate morsels and finely chopped bacon.
- Drop half tablespoon-size dough onto un-greased cookie sheet, leaving about 2 to 3 inches between each.
- Bake on center rack of oven for 10-12 minutes.
Now, remember, I made some modifications from the original recipe found here on Craftbeer.com. The porter that I baked with was my Bye Week Porter. It had a nice chocolate coffee flavor to it, so it was a perfect pairing. You can see it in the main picture for the post. I did finely chop the bacon and made sure it found it’s way INTO the cookies. I thought about the idea of putting it on top like the recipe originally said, but I figured a nice even mix throughout would be even better. I cut the cayenne pepper to the lower amount, as I knew my co-workers are not huge spicy people. I tried two different sizes of the cookies. Larger ones took almost 18 minutes to bake due to their dense nature. The smaller ones were about 10-12 minutes. I would stick to the smaller ones in the future.
Things To Ponder
- I think I may use some maple cured bacon next time. That flavor addition sounds wonderful to me.
- I can only make these when I have my own stout or porter. I think the magic is in the homebrew beer. 😉
- It was the right move to chop the bacon and put it inside the cookies…it helped distribute the yummy flavor.
- Good craft beer pairing? Xocoveza from Stone. This makes a great holiday treat!