How to Make Chocolate Stout Oatmeal Cookies

The Culinary Institute of America shares its recipe for boozy baked goods

Photograph courtesy of Culinary Institute of America

Although it tastes best when served ice-cold, there’s no denying that right now, craft-brewed beer is hotter than asphalt in August. And it’s also pretty obvious that this foamy firewater has busted out of the brewery and into the kitchen. Along with the standard beer-battered fish and onion rings, today’s chefs are also using brew in burgers, chili, mac and cheese — even pasta.

But beer in cookies? You bet! None other than the folks at the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park have devised this recipe for Chocolate Stout Oatmeal Cookies, which incorporates two cups of NYS craft-brewed stout (like the stuff made at the CIA’s brand-new brewery) along with raisins, oatmeal, cocoa, and plenty of chocolate chips. Incorporating flavor notes of both chocolate and coffee, the stout adds a nice kick to these tried-and-true cookie favorites. The CIA chefs recommend washing down the sweets with the same beer you used to make them.

Chocolate Stout Oatmeal Cookies

Makes 24 to 30 small cookies

  • 2 cups stout beer
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • ½ lb butter, diced and at room temperature
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup spent grain flour (substitute all-purpose flour if unavailable)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine 1 cup of stout and raisins in small pot and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 15 minutes.
  3. Combine brown sugar and butter in bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment. Slowly cream mixture together until light and fluffy.
  4. Add remaining cup of stout to the rolled oats and let sit.
  5. Mix together cocoa powder, flour, spent grain, baking soda, baking powder and salt, and fold into the oat mixture.
  6. Add oat mixture, raisins, and egg to creamed butter. Gently mix until it comes together.
  7. Fold in chocolate chips.
  8. Spoon tablespoon-size drops onto a parchment-paper-lined cookie tray and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until lightly browned but still soft.

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