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

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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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41 Responses
  1. 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 😉

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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! 😉

    1. shelly

      I was gonna use Guinness and thought we had some, but went out and my hubby decided to try a new kind, so I decided to just go with it!
      And for sure, yes, I’ll spread the Paddy word 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. 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’! (=

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. Carrie

    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!

  10. 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.

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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