Ginger Beer Halloween Cookies can be brewed up for adult party
October 14, 2008
When planning for fall festivities, look no further than beer to add a special spice to any treat.
Beer distributors make nearly 13,000 labels of beer available to consumers across the country. Those labels include favorite autumnal flavors such as pumpkin, ginger and nuts. These beers are delicious served with traditional fall dishes such as barbeque and meat stews, as well as desserts such as apple and pumpkin pie and even your Thanksgiving turkey.
Ginger Beer Halloween Cookies use Pumpkin Ale Beer or a Ginger-Brewed Wheat Beer as the accent flavor in the jack o’ lantern-shaped cookies.
Start by boiling a bottle of beer together with honey and chopped crystallized ginger pieces to make a thick syrup. Combine other cookie ingredients with the syrup, add a few drops of bright orange food coloring, and chill the dough until firm. Roll out teaspoon-size balls of dough into ball shapes, flatten and add a piece of crystallized ginger in the top of the balls to make a pumpkin stem. Bake the cookies, cool and use tube icing to decorate with a jack o’ lantern face.
These cookies are a perfect item for adult Halloween gatherings; save the recipe and make plain pumpkins without the faces for other autumn occasions.
Makes 4 dozen cookies.
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1 bottle (12 oz.) Pumpkin Ale Beer or Ginger-Brewed Wheat Beer
3 tablespoons honey
4 slices crystallized ginger, finely chopped
1 stick butter, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
1 3/4 cups confectioners sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
48 (1-inch) slices crystallized ginger
Black or brown tube icing/gel
Orange food coloring
In large saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the beer, honey and chopped ginger pieces. Bring the mixture to a boil, then cook for another 10-12 minutes, or until mixture is reduced to a thick syrup, about 1/3 cup. Pour syrup into a small bowl and cool completely.
In a large bowl, beat together the butter and margarine until creamy. Beat in the confectioners sugar, egg, ground ginger, vanilla, lemon zest and baking soda. Beat in the beer mixture. With a mixer on low, beat in the flour until well-blended. With orange food coloring, tint the batter to a pastel or bright orange color. Chill dough in the refrigerator for at least two hours, or up to three days, covered, before baking.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Scoop out a heaping teaspoon of dough and roll into ball; place balls 3 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Flatten balls slightly and insert a ginger stem at top of each ball so that it is parallel to the cookie sheet. Place in oven and bake 10 minutes, or until golden. Remove from oven, cool slightly and remove to wire rack to cool completely and to decorate.
Using black or brown icing or gel, pipe a jack o’ lantern face on each cookie.
Nutrition information per serving: 90 calories; 4 g fat; 1.5 g saturated fat; 12 g carbohydrates; 6 g sugar.
– Recipe by the National Beer Wholesalers Association, http://www.nbwa.org.