Soft Batch Beer and Brown Sugar Cookies


Soft & Chewy Brown Sugar Beer Cookies

How do you like your cookies? For me, cookies need to be soft and chewy. Did you know there is a bit of a personality test that goes along with cookie preferences? Here it is:

Chewy: You’re generally flexibly and easy going

Crispy: You like to be in control

Soft center: You tend towards the sentimental

Cakey: You tend to be emotionally sensitive

Flat: You don’t like surprises

Puffy: You tend to be chatty

Soft & Chewy Brown Sugar Beer Cookies


Actually, I completely made that up. Slow news day over here, forcing me to resort to trickery. Was it true for you? My assessments are based solely on the people I know with those cookie preferences, a fairly small sample that will never meet statistical significance.

Just like the theory I formed about the link between cowboys, their beer preferences and their truck choice:

Coors people like Ford

Budweiser people like Chevy

That theory was formed while growing up on a (Ford, Coors and New Holland) farm. These days I can’t really say I know many people in any of those four camps, but I still maintain that theory has validity.

So what car goes with Russian River?

Soft & Chewy Brown Sugar Beer Cookies

For this recipe I like an American Brown Ale, something that will kick you a bit more hops than the standard English Brown Ale.

Soft Batch Beer & Brown Sugar Cookies


  • ¾ cups unsalted butter, softened (12 tbs)
  • 1 ¼ cups golden brown sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup American brown ale
  • 1 ¼ cups All purpose flour
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter and brown sugar. Mix on high until very well combined. Add the egg yolk and the vanilla, beat until light and fluff. Add the beer, beat until well combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, add both kinds of flour (bread flour is used to make chewier cookies), baking soda, baking powder, salt, cornstarch and cinnamon.
  3. Sprinkle the dry ingredients over the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
  4. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out balls of dough slightly smaller than a golf ball onto cookie sheets that have been covered with parchment paper.
  5. Place the cookies in the fridge to chill for at least 20 minutes (this prevents them from spreading too much during baking).
  6. Preheat oven to 325.
  7. Bake at 325 for 12-14 minutes or until the edges just start to turn golden brown (for a puffier cookie bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes). Immediately pull the parchment paper off the cookie sheet onto the counter and allow the cookies to cool to room temperature.

35 thoughts on “Soft Batch Beer and Brown Sugar Cookies

  1. I’m all about the soft center cookies, and I am totally sentimental. I’d say your assessment is spot on. 😉 Also, with beer and brown sugar, you can’t go wrong!

  2. The grocery store I go to sells the thinnest, flattest, crispiest cookies and when I was shopping there the other day, I thought to myself, “Who buys those?! Doesn’t everyone like chewy cookies?” To me, a cookie isn’t even worth eating unless it’s chewy. These look awesome!

    1. about a year ago I had a conversation with a chef who said she spent months turning the Compost Cookies into thin cripsy cookies and I thought, “why would you ruin those amazing cookies?” Some people just like it that way, but to me a dry crispy cookie is not worth the calories.

  3. I just hope you dip your cookies in beer. b/c then you would rock even more than you already do.

  4. This sounds marvelous! I may try that blueberry lager I asked you about in these. If I don’t overbake them, I’m sure they’ll be tasty no matter the beer!

  5. I’m here via Aunt B’s Facebook page – so pleased to discover this delicious recipe! I love the idea that these cookies have beer in them – as I live in England I think this is a recipe I should definitely try as it is likely to make me very popular 🙂 I’m pinning this one to my Cookies board.

  6. This recipe looks amazing. I like chewy cookies, but unfortunately I don’t consider myself to be flexible and easy going. Sadly, I’m more of a crispy control freak!

  7. Fantastic! I made these with a stout and rolled them in a mixture of brown and white sugar before baking, delicious!

  8. I just made these cookies for a small beerfest among friends and they turned out amazing. I’m going to have to make another batch for myself haha.

  9. I love this recipe! My husband and I are hosting a homebrew party and I would love to make these. Do you know how many the recipe yields using a small cookie scoop (approximatly 1 tablespoon)?

  10. This recipe looks good but is surprisingly amazing. I made these cookies for a football party yesterday (beer cookies sounded appropriate) and everyone was raving about them. I have to be honest, I also ate some for breakfast this morning- they are that good.

    I used Iron Horse’s Irish Death Ale since it was in the ballpark of a brown ale, it seemed to work out pretty well.

  11. These are absolutely amazing! Just the right amount of chewy with crisp edges. Mine did spread a little too much on the first batch through the oven, but then I started using less batter (about the size of a walnut) and they were fine. I used Short’s Brewing Company Soft Parade (high gravity rye ale brewed with four kinds of berries), and they were very tasty! Since it was only supposed to make two dozen and I needed to give 3 dozen away, I doubled the recipe… and got 85 cookies. Which works well, as I’ve already eaten a half dozen and the last batch is still cooling.

  12. I have now made these cookies twice. I am in LOVE with the flavor however I don’t know what I am doing wrong because mine spread like crazy no matter how much batter I use, they are not puffy at all. They taste great but I am so disappointed. I have tried cooking at 325 and 350, tried using less batter, made sure my baking powder was good by testing it. Please I could really use some help. I don’t know why these won’t come out right and we love the taste so I just want a fluffier/ chewy cookie, not a paper thin one

    1. Did you chill them long enough? That sounds like the issue. Try freezing them for 15 minutes instead of the fridge for 20 minutes as directed, that should fix the issue. You can also try 1/2 bread flour and 1/2 AP flour.

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