9 Spent Grain Cookie Recipes

9 Spent Grain Cookie Recipes

 We love any way to use spent grain leftovers from brewing, and we also love any excuse to make delicious cookies! Spent grain adds a complex, nutty aroma and flavor to just about any baked good, and with so many different cookie styles to roll out, the possibilities are nearly endless!

Whether you are craving a childhood favorite (with a beer twist) or need a centerpiece to complete a great (beer-infused) party spread, we've gathered nine cookie recipes that are perfect for adding the touch of spent grain, including rugelach, madeleines and even biscotti to dip in your morning coffee.

 

  1. SPENT GRAIN MACARONS

    A delicate pastry that’s delightfully light and packed with flavor, our macarons have a balanced nuttiness when paired with rich buttercream filling. This treat is worth the time and effort - and remember that precise measurements are key!

  2. SPENT GRAIN MEXICAN WEDDING COOKIES

    Fluffy, topped with powdered sugar and full of spent grain, our Mexican Wedding Cookies are great for fancy occasions (or just to pop in your mouth by the dozen!).

  3. SPENT GRAIN PEANUT BUTTER KISS COOKIES

    Childhood favorite peanut butter kiss cookies get an update with our spent grain version. The grain (try some from our Oatmeal Stout or Chocolate Maple Porter) adds an even nuttier punch to the chocolate!

  4. SPENT GRAIN THIN MINT COOKIES

    Whether or not you were a Girl Scout, it's hard to imagine a year going by without indulging in at least one of the organization's iconic cookies. With our own spent grain Thin Mint cookie recipe, you can enjoy them anytime you want!

  5. SPENT GRAIN CHOCOLATE ALMOND BISCOTTI

    A perfect grab-and-go weekday morning snack or coffee spoon stand-in on a slow Sunday afternoon, our spent grain biscotti has notes of orange, crunchy almonds and delicious chocolate.

  6. SPENT GRAIN COCONUT PECAN COOKIES

    Full of pecans, coconut and spent grain, these cookies make a great baking project the day after brewing (they use a fair amount of wet spent grain). They're a brown bag lunch and picnic favorite!

  7. SPENT GRAIN GRAHAM CRACKERS

    Cool evenings by the campfire call for s'mores, and your s'mores will be infinitely more fantastic if you use spent grain flour in the graham crackers! Our recipe calls for almond milk, agave syrup and brown sugar, which combine with the spent grain for a really nutty flavor!

  8. SPENT GRAIN RUGELACH

    With a chewy, flaky pastry that really hits the spot, this rugelach has a touch of nuttiness from spent grain flour. These little twists can be filled with whatever fruit or spread you like - from apricot and cranberries to chocolate or even Nutella!

  9. SPENT GRAIN MADELEINES

    Subtly sweet and well-known for their scalloped edges, Madeleines are best right out of the oven. Our version incorporates spent grain to give this beautiful cookie some heft - have them drizzled with chocolate, powdered sugar or by themselves!