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Ask A Boston Baker: Chocolate Stout Cookies For St. Patrick's Day

Cookies and milk are a great combination. But what happens when you throw Guinness into the mix? Behold -- perhaps the greatest combination since macaroni and cheese.

And when the winner of the 2013 Boston Cookie Throwdown offers to drop her recipe for chocolate stout cookies just in time for St. Patrick's Day, the answer is always 'Yes, Please!' and 'Thank You!'

So, here it is, right from Top Shelf Cookies' owner, up-and-comer Heather Yunger.

Chocolate Stout Cookies

Chocolate Stout Cookies
Chocolate Stout Cookies (Photo from Heather Yunger)


14.9 oz Guinness
8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Large Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 Cup Dark Cocoa
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup Powdered Sugar


Heat beer on stovetop over medium high heat. Reduce by half. Add butter and melt. Remove mixture from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.

Whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda & salt in medium bowl, set aside.

Mix sugars until combined, add beer mixture and mix until combined. Add egg and vanilla to mix until combined.

Add flour mixture and mix until just incorporated and smooth.

The dough will be wet and similar to be similar to a brownie consistency. Chill dough in refrigerator for 4-24 hours.

Using a 1 1/2 Tablespoon scoop, scoop chilled dough and roll into dough balls and roll powdered sugar.

Bake 14-16 minutes on parchement lined baking sheets in a preheated 350 degree oven. Rotate baking sheets halfway through cooking. Dough should crack and look raw.

Cool on sheet for 5 minutes, on rack for 1 hour.

Enjoy with a glass of iced cold milk.

(Editor's note: or Guinness!)

Heather Yunger
Heather Yunger and her Chocolate Stout Cookies.

Heather Yunger recently left her corporate customer service career of over ten years to pursue her true passion: baking. She has been baking for as long as she was able to hold on to a hand mixer with the assistance of her grandmother and best friend Hazel.

A longtime Boston Bruins season ticket holder, she wrote her first cookie recipe for the Black and Gold cookie during the 2010-11 season out of team spirit and superstition. (There is no word on when her championship ring will arrive.) Until then she will settle for being the named the winner of the 2013 Boston Cookie Throwdown.

She currently resides in Quincy, MA with her husband Peter. She tweets about cookies at @TSCookies.

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