So it has been a busy place around here. I have a bunch of posts to catch up on. Today, I made a new treat. I made some chocolate chip cookies with spent grains. These are much different from the last bunch of beer cookies that I made. I was working with a 1 gallon kit that I was reviewing, and it had some grains. I just got the latest edition of Zymurgy, and there was a recipe right near the front….so I had to make some spent grain cookies!
So, after a brew session with my buddy Sully the other night, we sent his mother some of our spent grain to make some dog treats with. That got me thinking, maybe I can do some baking with my spent grains. I don’t have a ton from my partial mash recipes, but surely I could have enough. The recipe from the magazine intrigued me, and through a cursory search online, they are different from others.
I had to modify the recipe a bit, as my ingredients on hand were just a touch off. The recipe I did was a follows:
- 2 cups of flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup of unsalted butter (softened)
- 1/2 cup of loosely packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (used my homemade stuff that is currently aging)
- 1 cup of oats (actually a little less since I used all we had)
- 1 cup of spent grains (actually a little more to make up for the oats)
- 1.5 cups of chocolate chips (really a lot more, as I used the whole package)
Mixed the butter and sugars. Added in the egg and vanilla. Then added the dry ingredients, and finally the oats, grain, and chocolate chips. Mix it, and let it sit in the fridge for a little while (around 30 minutes). I used a Pampered Chef scoop to make dough balls, and baked them for 18 minutes. This is longer than the recipe stated, but I got some tasty cookies, and none of them burned.
Will I make them again? SURE WILL! I am interested to see how they turn out with other grains. My grains this time were from a blackIPA 1 gallon recipe. I think the cookies will be much different if I use the grains from a NEIPA or blond ale. I got two thumbs up from a few kids, and I think they are pretty tasty. They will make for a great conversational piece at work too! Spent grain cookies are definitely something to try out!