Beer and Pretzel Cookies

I’m not a huge beer drinker.

Ok, let me backtrack…I’m not a huge drinker at all, really…

But of all the drinks, beer is probably the one alkyholic beverage that I least enjoy.



I’m more of an umbrella drink girl myself, any drink where you can’t taste the actual DRINK.  I know, I know…we do cocktails every Friday over at my other site…

And I can enjoy a few sips, but the booze and me don’t jive.  It’s a proven fact for anyone who knew me circa 1998.  College Days, people.  Just say no.


Anyhow, these cookies are a bit of a mind-boggle to me.

Like if I don’t love beer, why would I bother trying it in a cookie?

Well just call me Madam Experimentation today.


Plus, St. Patrick’s Day is on the horizon and I’ve heard people like to drink beer that day more than all the others…soooo….for those of us who aren’t drinking a brewsky, I thought I might make a cooksky.  Sorry.

I’ll take a cookie over a beer any day of the week.


Let’s do these…Beer and Pretzel Cookies.

Beer and Pretzel Cookies | Cookies and Cups

Here’s the thing about these cookies..yes, they have beer in them…AND in the *optional (hahahahahaha) frosting.

BUT if you’re not a beer person, like me..the flavor is oh so very subtle…enough to make the cookie interesting, but not beer-ish.

On the other hand, if you are a beer person, you’ll recognize the unique flavor and appreciate what’s gong on.


Cause there’s a lot happening here…you have Stout, chocolate chips, oats, pretzels…

Let’s discuss the proceeeedure.  K?


First I grabbed a bottle of Stout…
 photo IMG_7639_zps7ae6b47a.jpgI poured that whole bottle (minus 2 Tablespoons that I saved for the frosting) into a saucepan.
I boiled that guy down until there was only 1/8 cup left, which is about 2 Tablespoons.
 photo PicMonkeyCollage-19_zps623bc936.jpgIt took about 25-30 minutes or so, and I had to watch it closely at the beginning, because it will easily foam over. But what you’re left with is a thick Stout syrup.
Kinda cool.
The cookies themselves are pretty basic.


Also, I might should add that I added a bit of espresso into these guys too. HOLD ON!  DON’T LEAVE!

They don’t taste like coffee at all, believe me…it just helps amp up the Stout, I swear it.
 photo IMG_7592_zpsd43e8fcd.jpgIf you have espresso powder, great…if you don’t just add in some espresso grounds, you’ll just have to double the amount…because espresso powder gives a little more punch.


Again, your cookie will not taste coffee-ish…but certainly if you’re worried you can leave this part out.

Then just add the Stout syrup in like you would vanilla…
 photo IMG_7594_zps3a79479c.jpgWhen you’ve got your cookie dough pretty much ready you’ll also want to add in some chocolate chips and coarsely crushed pretzels. Fun, right?
 photo IMG_7595_zps49df1f54.jpgNow here’s where you’re gonna hate me.

Let the dough chill.
Please. The flavors come together and mellow out. It’s important.
You’ll need to give it AT LEAST 2 hours, but I prefer an overnight.

While your cookie dough is relaxing, make your frosting.
This will also need some time to chill. Sorry.

The frosting is pretty cool…It’s basically a thick ganache, with yes, more Stout.
All you do is heat some heavy cream and butter in a saucepan until it just comes to a boil.

Remove it from the heat and add in some chocolate chips…
 photo IMG_7644_zpsa4ec3628.jpgPlease excuse my husband’s refusal to moisturize.

Whisk the chocolate chips in until it’s smooth, and then add the reserved 2 Tablespoons of Stout…remember those?
 photo IMG_7652_zpsbf3c3929.jpgStick that in the fridge for a good hour or two (at least) and let it set up until it’s a spreadable consistency.

When it’s time to bake your cookies, drop your chilled dough onto a lined baking sheet…you’ll want to press the dough down slightly, so they don’t remain too puffy…
 photo IMG_7633_zpsd19074c7.jpgHere’s what they will look like…
 photo IMG_7640_zpsd413293e.jpgWhen the cookies are cooled you should pull that frosting out and spread some on top.

Again, frosting is optional..but…

Beer and Pretzel Cookies | Cookies and CupsGarnish them with a cute pretzel and you’re good to go!



Beer and Pretzel Cookies


makes approx 30 cookies


  • 1 (12 oz) bottle stout, minus 2 Tablespoons reserved for frosting
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp espresso powder or 1 tsp ground espresso
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup coarsely crushed pretzels
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons reserved stout
  • *Pretzel twists for garnish


  1. Reduce beer (minus 2 Tablespoons) in saucepan over medium heat until there is only 1/8 cup left. This will take 25-30 minutes. Watch the beer on the stove, as it will foam up easily at the beginning. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Cream butter, brown sugar and espresso powder together until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in eggs and reduced stout and mix until combined.
  4. Turn mixer to low and add in baking soda, salt, flour and oats. Stir together until just combined.
  5. Finally add in pretzels and chocolate chips, stirring until evenly incorporated.
  6. Let dough chill for at least 2 hours, or overnight.


  1. In small saucepan heat butter and heavy cream over medium heat until just boiling.
  2. Remove from heat and whisk in chocolate chips until smooth.
  3. Add 2 Tablespoons reserved stout, stir to combine.
  4. Chill frosting for an hour or two, until spreadable consistency.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Drop by heaping tablespoon size onto a parchment lined baking sheet, pressing dough slightly, so cookies aren’t so rounded.
  3. Bake 9-10 minutes until golden around edges.
  4. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  5. When cookies are cooled and frosting is ready, spread on a teaspoon sized amount onto each cookie and top with a pretzel twist


recipe inspired by Betty Crocker



Here are some fun other recipes using Stout from around the Internets:

Cupcakes on Tap with Stout Buttercream from Bake at 350

Maple-Stout Quick Bread from Rachel Cooks

Chocolate Stout Cookies with Salted Caramel Frosting & Pretzels from The Craving Chronicles

Chocolate Stout Cake from My Baking Addiction

Creme Brulee Topped Chocolate Stout Brownies from The Beeroness

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Irish Cream Buttercream from Eclectic Recipes


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Averie @ Averie Cooks

Cookies with beer, espresso powder, oats, and pretzels – this reminds me of a Christina Tosi/Momofuku recipe I tried!

Again, frosting is optional..but… <– it's never optional for me 🙂

tracy {pale yellow}

Beer and pretzels sound lovely to get ready for St. Patrick’s Day! This cookie looks so much fun!

Cookbook Queen

So SO cool. LOVE this combo!!

P.S. When Jess and I were first dating, I always ordered beer and he ordered a rum and coke…the server would ALWAYS hand each of us the wrong drink. It gave him a manly man complex 😉

Katrina @ In Katrina

Well Madame I’m with you! I don’t really do beer and I haven’t been at all interested in beer cake. But beer cookies? I could do that.

Cat Davis | Food Family & Finds

I’ve never been able to stand the taste of alcohol, especially beer. But when it’s combined with food (beer bread or bananas foster with rum) it’s the perfect flavor.

I know my husband would love these.


Pretzels and chocolate are just out of this world delicious.

Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

Oooooooh. I just made ganache with Bailey’s Irish Cream yesterday & with whiskey a few weeks ago. So flipping good! I’m digging how the beer cooks down- Yeah cookies!
P.S. I will also take cookies over beer ANY time.

Liz @ Tip Top Shape

These are some manly cookies!! Love them!

Colleen @ What

Oh gosh. I am SUCH a beer person (my husband and I homebrew, we’re going to Belgium on our honeymoon because of the beer, etc. etc. etc.), soooo ummm, yeah. These are right up my alley. They look so darn good!!!!


These sound very interesting…..hmmm, I’ll have to make them just to see if they’re as good as you say they are 😉

Ali | Gimme Some Oven

Ha!! An umbrella drink girl — I love that description!! 🙂

These sound super yummy! Love the sweet and salty combo!

Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen

These cookies look delicious. I work for a british pub so beer is always in my life. These cookies would be a hit with my co workers! I just made some guinness stout brownies and cooked it down as well. And that frosting is necessary.. for me at least!

Diane {Created by Diane}

yeah I’m with you on the beer thing, there can be a whole keg full in my garage at any giving time with wonderful beer that all visitors rave over and you won’t catch me taking a sip. I do like beer margaritas, simply because they taste more like a margarita to me.
These cookies sound really fun and I’ll have to give a batch a try really soon!

Sarah Ryan

Love your blog and really like the idea of these, although if it’s for Patrick’s Day and you need stout why not try Guinness!
Ps please help the Irish from going insane as we read alll these festive blogs … it’s “Paddy” not “Patty”. Spread the word! 😉

sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more

oh I don’t drink either, but I bought two bottles of beer way back in October to bake with and they are still there, hope they are not past due yet. I was thinking of reducing the beer too, so love that you did and how it turned out.

Audra | The Baker Chick

I for one love beer so these sound amazing to me!

Vicki H.

It’s like you know me! LOL! You better believe I’m going to try these bad boys! I love baking/cooking with beer – especially the chocolate stouts…if you live near Wisconsin – they have a Minhas Brewery puts out a Chocolate Bunny Stout that is killer – to drink, but especially for sweet chocolately recipes!


the only way to make the combination of cookies and pretzels any better is to add beer.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

HELLO!! These sound amazing!

Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

Oh my goodness, seriously?? These look and sound amazing! I love a good sweet and salty combination, and the addition of beer is extremely creative. Nice job :).

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

I’m not crazy about beer either, but these cookies sound like something I would enjoy

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

So creative!! I have never had beer in a cookie before; perfect with the pretzels!

Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet

I have always been hesitant of baking with beer but this is definitely something worth trying and getting over being hesitant!


I’m not really into alcohol either but I can totally get down with beer in baked goods! And yeah..optional frosting. that’s a joke.


Um, “Excuse my husbands refusal to moisturize!” Funny!

Great cookie and thanks for giving links to other ideas too!

Gloria @ Simply Gloria

Your cookies look so FUN to eat! I’m so with you on the beer thing. It’s pretty interesting how it can make food taste so much better with just a bit of that twist. (With certain cookies I make, I replace the vanilla with brandy.) Now I’m going to have to go grab some beer and pretzels for your yummy recipe!…that’ll get my small town talkin’! (=

Debby Pucci

These sounds yummy! Thanks for the recipe.


Never heard of such a cookie recipe! Well, I’m not a big fan of beer, but I do love to drink it in summer. Bet these cookies will remind me of relaxingsummer days! Also I love the addition of espresso!

Erin @ Making Memories

They look delicious and I’m not even a big beer drinker either. But in a cookie? With frosting no less =o) I’m in!


How interesting and creative to put beer in cookies!

Robyn | Add a Pinch

I’m so with you on alcohol. Wine and umbrella drinks are the only way to go, but cooking with beer? That yeasty brew does something magical. xoxo

Ellen @ Bake It With Bozoe

Ooooooooooooh, YEAH! These are right up our alley! Love the idea of the stout reduction. I’ve had my eye on that concept for quite some time. Interesting addition to the cookies, too. And, the ganache frosting WITH stout…Genius!

Colette @ JFF!

Oh, you crrrrrrrrrrazy woman, you!
These are awesome.


I made these for a party yesterday and they were a huge hit! The flavor combination was perfect. The dough was a little tough to work with but it was totally worth it. I ran out of frosting but the cookies are delicious on their own! Thank you!


1. These look delicious, and I’m absolutely trying them. (Which means for now pinning them with the 8,000 cookie combos I need to try.)
2. This is day 1 of following your blog and it was the greatest of decisions. I’m in love.

Erika Beth, the Messy Chef

I made these for the weekend. I don’t like beer but I made a special batch of non-beer frosting for myself. I felt my frosting could have been a little more stiff, but besides that, these were great!

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