Chocolate Stout Cookies With Irish Buttercream: St. Patrick's Day Recipe

Double-spike your dessert for two times the fun

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St. Patrick's Day-themed meal doesn't have to mean kale for dinner and green-dyed cupcakes for dessert. Instead, take a cue from Rebecca Firth's The Cookie Book and sneak some Guinness (and Bailey's) into your cookies to make a dessert that's even more fun than usual. For extra credit, make your own Irish cream.

Reprinted with permission from The Cookie Book by Rebecca Firth, Page Street Publishing Co. 2018

Chocolate Stout Cookies With Irish Buttercream
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Get the recipe for chocolate stout cookies made with Guinness and Bailey's: It's the perfect dessert recipe for St. Patrick's Day.
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Total time: 30 minutes
  • For the Cookies
  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons stout beer, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon real vanilla extract
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened dark (Dutch process) cocoa powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • For the Buttercream
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and place a rack in the top third of the oven, at least 6 inches from the heat source. Cover several baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar and mix on medium for 4 minutes, or until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the eggs one at a time, making sure one is well blended before adding the next. Add in the beer and vanilla and mix for 1 minute more.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the bread flour, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt. Add to the butter mixture and mix on low until just combined. Make 1½-tablespoon balls; this dough is sticky, so use a cookie scoop or two spoons. If the dough is too sticky to handle, chill in the fridge for 1 hour or so until firmed up. Leave 3 inches between the dough balls and place on the prepared baking sheet. Chill the balls in the freezer for 10 minutes or the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  4. Take the cookies from the freezer directly to the oven and bake one sheet at a time in the top third of the oven for 11 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  5. To make the buttercream, in an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the powdered sugar, butter and liqueur on medium for 4 minutes or until smooth. Smear some on the top of each cookie and serve.
Calories per Serving 185
Total Fat 8.3 g
Saturated Fat 5.1 g
Trans Fat 0.3 g
Cholesterol 30.7 mg
Total Carbohydrates 27.0 g
Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
Total Sugars 20.3 g
Sodium 102.5 mg
Protein 1.6 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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