Pairing Christmas Cookies with Beer

Pairing Christmas Cookies with Beer

Christmas Cookies….

Right away, I blame Scarlet, I hear Cookie Monster yelling “Coooookie” This is where the visualization changes from Cookie Monster chowing down on some cookies to me destroying some Christmas Cookies.  You might have guessed it by this point, I also have a beer in hand.  So let’s figure out the best way to enjoy the holidays with cookies and Beer!

Christmas Cookies and Beer Styles

But let’s be honest you are either making the Christmas cookies or you are baking the Christmas cookies.  Let’s kick it off with The Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie.  I’d grab a stout to wash down some Classics.  I don’t just mean that because it is stout season!  The sweetness from the chocolate chips will pair nicely with a full-bodied stout with incredibly rich and creamy flavor.

Wookies and Cream by Tall Tales Brewing Company

(See our beer review: Wookies and Cream by Tall Tales Brewing Company)

B-52 by Cox Brewing Company

I’ll just go down the list of the classic Christmas cookies I remember over the years.  The next cookie I think of is any sort of sugar cookie!  My Grandma used to make a recipe of her own that was a very soft sugar cookie.  I think she actually called them sugar biscuits.  These need to be paired with a Belgium blonde.  My mouth is watering thinking about this combination again.  Honestly a sugar cookie could pair decent with a wide selection of brews but this will bring some flavors out that you didn’t notice before.

(We didn’t do any reviews of Belgian Blondes, but Josh did do a review of a Belgian Dubbel – so we present: B-52 Belgian Dubbel (Bottle-Conditioned, 2017) – Cox Brewing Company (CBC)).

Scarlet Sunrise – Blackberry and Blueberry (Mellow Mink Brewing)

The next cookie I think of is the peanut butter blossom.  My Aunt used to make these every year.  She knew these were my favorite too.  There are a couple different ways we could go with this one.  We can get a little crazy and pair with any sort of fruited sour and it feels like a grown up PB&J. 

(Some beer reviews we suggest: Scarlet Sunrise – Blackberry and Blueberry (Mellow Mink Brewing), Kettle Sour Series (Raspberry) (Natchez Brewing Company), and Sour Blueberry (Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company))

Chocolate Covered Pretzel (Blown Gasket) (Braxton Brewing Company)

I am the person that believes the best invention, besides beer, was the combination of peanut butter and chocolate.  Obviously why this cookie is my favorite but also try it with a chocolatey stout or porter and it brings out more of the chocolate flavors.

(Some chocolatey beer reviews we recommend: Grand Cacao (Troegs Independent Brewing), German Chocolate Cake (Wicked Weed Brewing), Chocolate Covered Pretzel (Blown Gasket) (Braxton Brewing Company), Chocolate Confidential (Sudwerk Brewing Co.), and of course – Hershey’s Chocolate Porter (Yuengling Brewery).

They Burn Them All Away (Broken Goblet Brewing)

I kind of feel bad for even writing about this one but, the red-headed stepchild of cookies, the oatmeal raisin.  I meant to grab a container of chocolate chip cookies at the bakery in the local grocery store but I accidently grabbed oatmeal raisin in my haste to get to Ben’s parent’s house for a picnic.  I’ll never forget the pure look of heart break on his brother in law’s face at the picnic when he cracked open the container and realized they indeed oatmeal raisin and not chocolate chip like I announced.  Ever since then it’s been a joke to make sure I get the right cookie.

An oatmeal raisin cookie needs the help of a Belgian quad.  The golden almost molasses like flavor of most Belgian quads will bring out the natural raisin flavor.  And it will pair nicely with the oatmeal flavor especially if it is an oatmeal raisin cookie has a bit more cinnamon flavor to it.

(A beer review to check out: They Burn Them All Away (Broken Goblet Brewing))
(Or for a Belgian Heavy / Belgian Dark: Mad Elf (Troegs Independent Brewing))

I am summing this up by making sure you know which beer to leave out for Santa with his cookies this year.  Ditch the milk.  Santa wants beer!

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