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Review: Cookies & Beer

November 24, 2015


Cookies & Beer

Move over milk, there’s a new kid in town and he’s after your cookies!  Why pair cookies with milk when there are so many delicious beers out there that enhance their flavors.  But where to start?  Jonathan Bender has made that easy with his new book, Cookies & Beer: Bake, Pair, Enjoy.

Bender starts out with a basic tutorial on craft beer and says:

If you stopped drinking beer in college and think of craft beer simply as a stronger version of the stuff in a keg you never really liked, you’re in for a happy surprise.  Beer can be spicy and sweet or salty and sour.  Beer can taste like coffee and candy and chocolate milk.

He uses those flavors to pair specific styles of beers with specific cookies.  He provides recipes of cookies to pair with beer, recipes of cookies baked with beer, plus pairings for store bought cookies and Girl Scout cookies!  There’s even a recipe for dog treats made from spent grains.

I was anxious to try one of the recipes in this book and chose Bacon Chip Sugar Bombs (by Nick Wesemann, the pastry chef at The American Restaurant in Kansas City Missouri) because – bacon – it’s paired with Lindemans Kriek and I love a good lambic.  If you can’t find that specific beer, Bender suggests styles that will work as well.  I enlisted Vance to help me and, oh my gosh, were these cookies good.  The pairing was spot on too.  (The picture isn’t the best because we were too busy gobbling down cookies to spend much time on it.)

Cookies & lambic

There are so many more recipes in this book I want to try, like Ginger Lemon Radler Cookies, Pumpkin Butterscotch Cookies, Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies, and Gingerbread Stout Cookies with Brown Butter Stout Glaze.

Whether you’re new to craft beer or a seasoned craft beer drinker, Cookies & Beer is especially perfect for the holidays!  The paperback version is $19.99 and would make a terrific gift for the beer lover in your life.  Just think what Santa will leave if you leave him a great beer instead of milk with his cookies.

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Review copy provided by Andrews McMeel Publishing.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
25 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    November 24, 2015 6:12 am

    I’ve been thinking about which cookie and beer pairing I want to try. So glad you alerted me to this book, I can’t wait to see if the pairing I pick works.

  2. Patty permalink
    November 24, 2015 9:35 am

    I love this idea and that cookie looks so good…I always love something unmilk like with a cookie!

  3. November 24, 2015 9:47 am

    I don’t usually think of having a cookie with my beer, but this does sound appealing. And probably better for me than a container of Cheese Balls, my typical beer pairing!

  4. November 24, 2015 11:16 am

    The paper today just ran a recipe for chocolate chip bacon cookies – must be “in” now!

  5. November 24, 2015 11:27 am

    Kathy, this sounds like great, frothy fun! I’ve sipped chocolate beer that really tastes like chocolate. I used to cook with beer, and baking with beer sounds promising. Super fun post–cheers!

  6. Literary Feline permalink
    November 24, 2015 12:16 pm

    I’ll eat the cookies, but you can have the beer. 😉 When my dad was alive, he often would order samplers when we would go out to try various beers. He liked the darker ones best.

  7. November 24, 2015 1:48 pm

    LOVE it. You are too funny.

  8. November 24, 2015 2:42 pm

    My son loves craft beer and would get a kick out of this book Thanks for a great gift idea. He’d rather make the beer and the cookies!

  9. November 24, 2015 2:58 pm

    Craft beer and cookies…hmm, sounds good to me.

  10. November 24, 2015 5:42 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    I must admit that we both prefer a nice cold glass of chardonnay to beer and you definitely can’t eat anything sweet with that, or the wine instantly tastes rancid, like drinking vinegar!

    I would definitely be game on for trying Suko’s chocolate beer though and any of the cookie recipes would work for me 🙂


  11. November 24, 2015 8:11 pm

    Wow, I am impressed that beer can be an ingredient in cookies. I may have considered it to be more of a specialty ingredient rather than something that can be used to make so many different kinds of cookies!

  12. November 24, 2015 8:34 pm

    My son would love Cookies & Beer- two of his favorite things!

  13. November 25, 2015 1:03 am

    Sounds good to me! Those cookies sound so delish and it would be fun to have a cookie/beer theme night.

  14. November 25, 2015 7:57 am

    I love this! Sounds like there’s a party idea in there somewhere, too. We’ve hosted wine tastings/dinners… a cookie and beer event could be delicious fun!!

  15. November 25, 2015 11:28 am

    oh this one is fantastic! I can think of quite a few beer lovers in my life to get this for! and gingerbread cookies with brown butter stout glaze has my mouth watering!

  16. November 27, 2015 10:59 pm

    I’m not a beer fan but those cookies sound delish! I live in KC and The American is one of the best restaurants in town so I’m not surprised their pastry chef would contribute a yummy recipe. Even though I’m not a beer person, I have a lot of beer aficionado friends who would love this book.

  17. November 28, 2015 12:40 pm

    I do enjoy craft beers, though didn’t care for the chocolate stout. Sounds like this book would be perfect just for the cookie recipes, and extra fun pairing with beers.

  18. November 28, 2015 2:53 pm

    Sorry I just can’t accept cookies and beer! Not much of a beer drinker – only in high summer – otherwise it’s wine for me. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter!

  19. November 28, 2015 3:12 pm

    Not a beer drinker here either, but I LOVE cookies in all shapes, sizes and forms! Interesting idea to pair cookies with beer, though.

  20. November 28, 2015 9:24 pm

    Not until I read your post did I think about pairing cookies and beer. But now that you’ve introduced me to it, I think it would go with the people in my life who, especially, love the craft beers. I’m going to go with it.

  21. November 28, 2015 9:59 pm

    I LOVE this idea! What a great way to pass away the winter months 🙂

  22. November 29, 2015 7:48 am

    This sounds like a great gift for my son who is so hard to buy for! But he does bake cookies and drink beer, and I don’t think he’s ever thought to combine the two!

  23. November 29, 2015 9:14 pm

    I love bacon, but in a cookie? You’ll have to convince me 🙂

  24. bookingmama permalink
    December 1, 2015 7:31 am

    Really? Beer and cookies. That would bring a new meaning to Matt’s yearly beer exchange.

  25. December 3, 2015 5:26 pm

    This looks so tasty and fun! This will be a perfect gift for my son who loves baking and drinking craft beer. Thank you for the great idea!

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