It’s that time of year again – holiday music is playing in the background, people are tackling each other for the best parking spots and bargains, and we’re headed to the kitchen to bake up some cookies. Lots & lots of cookies. Whether you’re baking up a batch for your annual cookie exchange or just trying to impress Santa a little extra this year, we’ve upped our game and paired our favorite holiday cookies with our favorite craft beers. So, read up, crack a brew, and whatever you do – don’t forget to set the oven timer – we hear burnt cookies lands you on the naughty list!
A cookie exchange is not a cookie exchange without the granddaddy of all cookies – the cut-out sugar cookie. This classic cookie is buttery, rich, and usually topped with another layer of sugary frosting. No wonder Santa can get all around the globe in one magical night – he’s running on pure sugar! But if Santa is looking for something with a little more zing – we suggest swapping ice cold milk for an ice cold Pilsner. Firestone Walker’s Pivo Pils is the perfect pair – classic pilsner with this classic cookie.
This holiday cookie takes me back to childhood – and as an adult, there is still something strangle fulfilling about biting this guy’s head off. These sweet, spicy guys and gals pair so well with Boulevard Brewing Company’s Nutcracker Ale Winter Warmer. This hearty, warming brew is a classic winter ale, deep amber in color, with hints of molasses balanced by the spiciness of Chinook hops. These gingerbread men and women have met their match!
Creamy, sweet peanut butter dipped in chocolate. Yep, Buckeyes are the cookie we wait all year for. These are the ones you sneak back into the kitchen to enjoy long after the little ones have gone to bed. So, while you’re in the kitchen, open the refrigerator and grab Four Hands Brewing Company’s Absence of Light Peanut Butter Milk Stout. This full-bodied milk stout is heavily dominated with chocolate and caramel malts, roasted barley and is finished with peanut butter – truly a match made in cookie heaven.
These sweet, savory, nutty treats scream the holiday season. We don’t care if you call them snowballs, Russian tea cakes, or Mexican Wedding cookies – we just call them perfect. And while you’re calling, call for a Nut Brown Ale. We’ve selected AleSmith Brewing Company’s Nut Brown Ale. This rich, malty classic English style brew is drinkable with a creamy mouthfeel which pairs so well with these sweet morsels.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
It wouldn’t be a cookie exchange without some decadent chocolate in the mix. We’ve selected the chocolate crinkle cookie, well recognized and expected at the party. And we’ve paired with cookie with Rogue’s Chocolate Stout. Dark in color, this creamy ale has earthy flavors from the oats and hops that will truly warm your heart this holiday season.
Peppermint Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
Chocolate found its companion with vanilla and peppermint, all which come together in this variation of a classic thumbprint cookie. We’re loving this candy cane on a plate. We love it even more with Dry Dock Brewing Company’s Vanilla Porter. This brown porter comes heavy with the vanilla, giving it some hefty complexity – which stands up so well with the peppermint in this cookie.
Pecan Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies
Shortbread and holiday cookies go together like…well…holiday cookies and shortbread. This tree designs scream merry and bright – so, bring on the brightness with Odell’s Easy Street. This wheat pale ale is smooth and delicious. With a low ABV and only 15 IBU’s, it pairs well with one, or two, ok three of these delightful treats.
Linzer Star Christmas Cookies
These little bites are sweet and fresh, with your choice of jam in the middle. Maybe it’s even the homemade jam you canned at the end of the summer season. Regardless of what jam is your jam, these little beauties are made to enjoy. We’ve paired with the equally fruity and tasty Enjoy by 12/25 by Stone Brewing Company. This unfiltered double IPA has a hazy appearance and is ripe with peach and tropical fruit aromas. So, grab a cold one and let’s get to the cookie swap!