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Holiday Beer Cookies

Christmas Cookies

Image Credit: delayedneutron

I was just invited to a Holiday Cookie Party and I thought to myself, hey, here’s an opportunity for some fun.  Of course I’ll bring my Chocolate Chip Cookies.  But I also want to do something else.  Something with beer.

Now I’m sure a lot of you out there will also have your own Holiday parties to attend, and as everyone knows you should bring something to a party for all to enjoy.  And if you don’t have any parties, well, you still need to put something out for Santa, right!

Holiday White Beer Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 bottles (12 oz) Belgian Style White Beer
  • 3/4 cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 1 medium Orange, zested
  • 1 large Egg
  • 5 tsp Honey
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Coriander, ground
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C)
  2. In a medium saucepan, reduce Beer and Honey under medium heat until you have 1/3 cup left.  You should recognize this when it begins to foam aggressively.
  3. Let reduction cool to room temperature.
  4. Cream Butter and Sugar.
  5. Add Egg, and blend thoroughly.
  6. Add Orange Zest, Vanilla, Coriander, and Beer reduction and continue to blend.
  7. Mix in Baking Soda and Flour in separate bowl.
  8. Slowly mix in Flour mix to existing Batter.
  9. On Cookie Sheets lined with parchment, place batter in 1 oz scoops.
  10. Bake for 20 min or until browned.
  11. Remove from oven and allow to cool on Cookie Sheets for about 10 minutes.
  12. Remove to a cooling rack.
  13. Serve or add Icing (below) then serve.

Holiday Icing

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Orange Juice or 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Whole Milk
  • 1 medium Orange, zested or 1 large Lemon, zested
  • Food Coloring

Directions:

  1. Whisk Vanilla into Powdered Sugar.
  2. Mix Juice and Milk together
  3. Fold in Juice mix and Food Coloring to Sugar until you form a paste.
  4. Add dollop of icing to each Cookie.
  5. Add zest as garnish.
  6. Serve or store in a cool, dry area.

So there you have it, folks.  A holiday treat for you, the kids, Santa, whoever gets their hands on them first.  And if you are leaving them for Santa, maybe substitute his regular milk, for a frosty mug of beer, or even some Mulled Wine or Cider.

Hope you’re having a happy holiday season so far.

Featured Image Credit:  Mrs.Catman

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