Milk and cookies with Lefthand's nitro stout and some Chocolove

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I had a case of the munchies the other day and knew from experience that chocolate chip cookies would cure it. An old neighbor and I used to get "safe" on a fairly regular basis (for more on safety, follow my man William Breathes) and as cliche as it sounds, the chocolate chip cookies he'd randomly throw down were...awesome.

Although I'm a bit embarrassed to admit it, I'd never made the almighty munchy before, so I welcomed the opportunity to learn how.

I found a recipe online and followed it as best I could within the confines of my kitchen and temperament. Instead of using chocolate chips, I roughly chopped a couple of dark chocolate bars from Boulder-based Chocolove and after burning a few not-so-bad batches, ended up with some wonderfully intense, buttery treats.

I paired the cookies with a sixer of Lefthand Brewing's Milk Stout -- an obvious choice in retrospect. I love this beer. It's truly a food beer. Its sweet, creamy texture -- brought about, in part, by the nitrogen gas that Left Hand injects into it -- perfectly cleanses the palate.

Honestly, it was one of the best beer and food moments I've ever had; a plate of fresh, homemade chocolate chip cookies alongside a good ale. Each sip made the moment more comforting while each bite made me feel...safer.

Here's the recipe:

4 tablespoons melted butter, slightly cooled
3/4 cup self-rising flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons sugar
8 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons cream
1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
7 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped into chips (cocoa content of 55 percent in this case)

1. Whisk together butter, brown and regular sugar until thoroughly combined.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, cream and vanilla extract together and slowly add to the sugar mixture; whisking vigorously until combined.
3. While continuing to stir, gradually add the flour a bit at a time until fully incorporated.
4. Stir in chocolate chips, set in fridge and let cool for at least an hour.
5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
6. Scoop about 1 1/2 tablespoons portions of the dough unto a greased baking sheet, bake for about 15 minutes, remove and let cool.


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2 comments
cookies
cookies

you should try the Alton Brown recipe for chewy cookies.

And roughly cut up choco bars make far superior cc cookies to those with chips.

lipster
lipster

Where did you get the recipe?  Love, love, love that Milk Stout.  Brilliant pairing.  

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