The other day a picture got posted to the Fat Tire Facebook page. The picture was an action shot of me making Fat Tire cookies. It got a lot of positive comments... But it also got a lot of comments looking for the recipe. I was hesitant to put it up in the comment box because: 1. It's long and wouldn't fit very well. 2. I hadn't eaten them yet, so I was unsure if they'd be good. But, I ate them, and I can say– these are good cookies. And the blog is a better platform for posting this sort of thing, so here we are.
In the lead up to cookie-day I was scouring the internet for a beer cookie recipe, and believe it or not, there weren't that many. (Feel free to prove me wrong. It turns out I love beer cookies). But one did jump out at me. Mostly because it was easy, but not too easy, to make. And it carried interesting spicing. The cookie recipe came from the Food Network, and it was written for a Belgian White Beer (like Hoegaarden), but I wanted Fat Tire cookies, so I improvised. I know that Fat Tire doesn't carry the orange peel and coriander of a traditionally spiced wit to pair with the unique spicing of the recipe, but whatever, things need to get weird sometimes.
And I present to you – Fat Tire Cookies
Stuff to get:
2 bottles of Fat Tire
Also, get some icing. (The Food Network has a recipe for homemade icing, but come on? Who do I look like? The Cajun Chef?)
What to do:
Put the beer and five tablespoons of honey into a medium saucepan and put it to a medium (ish) heat. Stir. The point here is to reduce this mixture, it takes a while, but it's worth it. Reduce this to about 1/3 cup, total volume. Once completed put this in the fridge to cool it. Next, cream a stick and a half of room temperature butter with a cup and a quarter of powdered sugar. Add one egg and blend. Then add the zest of one orange, two teaspoons of ground coriander, a half teaspoon of vanilla, and the Fat Tire/honey reduction. Blend it all together. In a separate bowl mix two cups of flour with a half teaspoon of baking soda. Slowly add this dried mixture to the wet mixture.
The cookie dough looks more like cookie batter, and this is how it should look (at least, I think).
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Spoon spoonfuls of the cookie batter onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Make sure to give them space. I did nine at a time. Bake the cookies for a while. It took my oven 12 minutes to get them done. But ovens vary, just keep your eye on the cookies.
Cool the cookies on the tray for a few minutes to maintain shape, then transfer to wire rack.
Once they cool put some icing on them cookies (and make it fancy!).
These Fat Tire cookies are super good, and I think you should bake them, tonight. The Fat Tire comes through with a subtlety, but it's there. The slight bitterness from the hops pairs very well with the orange peel, and the malty sweetness of the beer gives the cookies some depth of flavor (yes, I said depth of flavor, in reference to a cookie). And then, if you put icing on something, it's going to be awesome!
Hope you're well,