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White Beer Cookies

by on December 7, 2008 · 15 comments

As promised, here’s a Christmas cookie. I’ve waited almost a year to make these so now I can cross that off my list. Plus, I can also say I’ve tasted white beer.

Here are my thoughts — and I want to give these a fair review because I am not a huge fan of cakey cookies and these are somewhat cakey.

1) The ingredients are unusual — coriander, honey, white beer. How creative!
2) Edges are crispy
3) Icing is critical — says optional, but it’s really critical to get the full effect of the cookies
4) Husband loves the cookies and commented that they weren’t too sweet

I’d love some second opinions. This recipe made it to the finals of a cookie contest, so it should be a real hit with certain palates.

Recipe Here

White Beer Cookies

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Published on December 7, 2008

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VeggieGirl December 7, 2008 at 1:38 pm


Sue December 7, 2008 at 2:04 pm

How was the white beer? I don’t think I’ve ever had it. Is it lighter colored like champagne?

Sue December 7, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Hi Anna!

I guess I’m a bit bored this afternoon. It’s cold outside and snowing and all of the things I want to bake require ingredients that I don’t have on hand.

I got to thinking about the white beer and googled it. Do you know that Hoegaarden beer has an Austin connection?

Jenn's Baking Chamber December 7, 2008 at 3:36 pm

I will definitely need to make these!

Susan December 7, 2008 at 3:48 pm

Hi Anna, I’m not much of a baker, but your site has definitely inspired me. However, I seem to be having a problem when cookie recipes instruct to add the dry ingredients to the softened butter/sugar/egg mixture and blend them together. For some reason when I do this, I end up with little individual “beads” of dough, rather than a smooth mixture. I then find when I bake the cookies they end up hard as rocks. Help! what on earth am I doing wrong?? (This doesn’t happen to all my cookies…I make a great biscotti). Thank you for your thoughts. Susan

Joanna December 7, 2008 at 4:17 pm

i saw that cookie on the recipe showdown show. it sounds interesting. i wish i could try it!! my parents don’t drink beer though and i can’t buy alcohol yet.

Diana December 7, 2008 at 4:24 pm

Wow, these look really interesting! I might give them a try.

Pam December 7, 2008 at 6:13 pm

Hi Anna,

This is completely off topic, but your comment about Christmas cookies reminded me of a tip you might find useful if you are making any decorated cookies this year. I just finished decorating about 200 of them this weekend using Wilton’s Cookie Icing which comes in plastic squeeze bottles. It’s a great icing but in order to use it I always have to warm it a little. I discovered that I could put the opened bottles in my crockpot set on low and it kept the icing at the perfect temperature for hours. Much more convenient than constantly going back and forth to the microwave, plus I could keep several bottles in different colors at the right temp at the same time.

Kim December 7, 2008 at 7:40 pm

These sound good! We have some excess beer left over from a party, and I think it would work in these. I’m intrigued!

Barbara Hahn December 7, 2008 at 8:32 pm

I think the taste would be great with the beer and I’m not a beer drinker. I just think it is good in food. I’ll have to try it. I don’t know what “white beer” is so I’ll have to ask my daughter who went to school to be a beer brewer. After much money and living in CA, she decided to go back to being a pharmacist. Oh well, she can always say she tried something that she thought she wanted to do instead of sitting on the sidelines wishing she had done it.

Hallie December 8, 2008 at 7:27 am

Wow, those look and sound like a really interesting flavor combination. I bet my beer loving boyfriend would love them.

Heather - Ghost Baker December 8, 2008 at 7:49 am

Hi Anna – I’ve never heard of these! Neat! How strong would you say the beer flavor is? Two bottles seems like quite a lot, but I do love white beer :-)

Alley December 8, 2008 at 2:07 pm

Oh, man, Hoegaarden (and it’s cheaper cousin, Blue Moon) is pretty much my favorite beer, particularly because of that fantastic coriander/orange flavor. I’m totally making these!

Anna December 8, 2008 at 3:53 pm

Heather, I didn’t think the beer itself was strong but the cookies had a bitterness to them that I took to be the beer.

Pearl December 10, 2008 at 12:55 am

That’s very cool! Hmmmm…

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