Spent Grain Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Spent Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies Secret Revealed!
The “secret” ingredient in Craft Beer Chocolate Chip Cookies is spent grain, of course.
So, what happens to the grains that brewers use to make the great craft beers served in their brew pub, or to those used by a home brewer?
All of the rich malted barleys or specialty grains that are so carefully mashed in order to remove the soluble malted sugars are sent to a rest home after they have done their job.
After cooking at between about 148° F to 154° F they are surely tired – or spent?
Many breweries will give or sell them to farmers for compost or supplemental animal feed. Home brewers may just throw them in the trash. But, they have lots of uses, one of which is for baking.
A local brewpub or home brewer may give you a few cups just for the asking.
Only a few cups are needed for most recipes, and any extra spent grain that you have can be divided by the cupful, frozen, and used for another batch of goodies.
Oh, make sure and put some of the cookies aside for yourself – if you like. I won’t mind. Let’s get baking!
What you need:
- 1/3 cup peanut butter or almond butter
- 2 Tbsp softened unsalted butter (real butter)
- 1 cup sugar (may substitute half with light brown sugar to add molasses to the flavor profile)
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 tsp real vanilla flavoring
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1-1/2 cups wet spent grains
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional 😉 )
What you do:
- Preheat oven to 425° F
- Mix with a mixer, peanut (or almond) butter, butter, sugar, milk and vanilla.
- Add flour, spent grains, baking soda, salt, and mix well, but not too much. If worked too much, the gluten is over-developed and the cookies are more likely to be tough.
- Stir in the chips by hand until evenly distributed.
- Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet at 425° F for 8-10 minutes.
- Let the tops get slightly brown, but don’t let the bottoms burn.
- Remove from oven and cool on the pan for about five minutes.
- Carefully transfer to cool on a wire rack, or they may cool on the pan.
Now The Hard Part – Enjoy!
Makes about 2 to 2-1/2 dozen chocolate chip cookies, depending on how large you make them.
Note: Depending on the grains used in making the beer, there will be variations between the batches of grains that are gathered from your sources. This may alter the flavor, color and/or texture.
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