Guinness Chocolate Cookies

Today, we’re going to embark on an adventure that will tantalize your taste buds and satisfy your soul. It’s a fusion of sorts, a meeting point between two of the world’s most beloved treats. Yes, you’ve read it right, we’re about to dive into the world of Guinness Chocolate Cookies!

Chocolate cookies, with their rich, decadent flavor, are a universal favorite, bringing joy and comfort in every bite. Now, imagine enhancing that experience with the subtle, complex flavors of Guinness beer. Intriguing, isn’t it?

But wait until you’ve tasted it! The bold richness of the beer blends seamlessly with the chocolate, creating a cookie that is extraordinarily delicious and surprisingly comforting.

Join me as we explore this unique combination, perfect for those moments when you crave something a little different. So, let’s dive in and uncover the magic behind this divine fusion.

Guinness Chocolate Cookies

Now, you might be wondering, “what is the secret behind these Guinness Chocolate Cookies?” Well, you might be surprised, the secret ingredient is no secret at all! It’s in the name itself, our beloved Guinness beer!

By introducing Guinness into our traditional chocolate cookie recipe, we’re embarking on a culinary journey that is nothing short of magical. Here’s why: Guinness, with its distinct and robust flavor profile, adds depth and complexity to the cookies. This makes them a standout in any cookie lineup.

The remarkable taste of Guinness, a blend of lightly sweet malt, bitter hops, and a hint of coffee. The malty sweetness of the beer enhances the chocolate, while the slightly bitter undertones cut through the sweetness, creating a balance that is simply irresistible.

But it’s not just about the taste! Adding Guinness also impacts the texture of the cookies. The beer helps to create a cookie that is crispy on the outside, but wonderfully soft and chewy on the inside. Perfect for any St. Patrick’s Day party!

Does the Alcohol Really Cook Off?

One question that often pops up when baking or cooking with alcoholic beverages is, “Does the alcohol really cook off?” The simple answer is yes, most of it does.

During the baking process, heat causes the alcohol to evaporate, leaving behind the robust flavors of the beer without the alcoholic content.

So, while you’ll be able to taste the delicious, unique flavor of the Guinness in your cookies, you won’t need to worry about the alcohol.

It’s important to note, though, that not 100% of the alcohol evaporates during baking. However, the remaining amount is minimal and generally considered non-intoxicating.

This is why our Guinness Chocolate Cookies are not only rich in flavor, but also safe to enjoy by all. They carry the essence and depth of Guinness without the alcoholic punch.

Guinness Cookies

How to Make Guinness Cookies

Creating these mouthwatering Guinness Chocolate Cookies is a delightful process, almost as delightful as enjoying the final product.

Step 1: Creating the Base

Our journey begins with the creation of the base. A blend of room-temperature unsalted butter, sugar, and dark brown sugar. Aiming for a light and fluffy mixture not only gives our cookies a tender crumb, but also ensures they rise beautifully in the oven.

Step 2: Adding the Eggs and Vanilla Extract

Next, we introduce the eggs, one at a time, ensuring each is thoroughly mixed into the butter and sugar blend. The eggs provide structure and add moisture to our cookies.

We follow this with the addition of the vanilla extract, which enhances the sweetness and adds a beautiful aroma to our dough.

Step 3: Incorporating the Guinness Beer

Our star ingredient, the Guinness beer, makes its entrance at this stage. Pour it slowly into the mixture and blend well. The mixture might look a bit curdled initially, but don’t worry! As you mix, it integrates smoothly, creating a unique base for our cookies.

Step 4: Merging the Dry Ingredients

The union of our dry ingredients, all-purpose flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt comes next.

These are first mixed in a separate bowl before being gradually incorporated into the butter, sugar, and beer mixture. This method ensures that all the dry ingredients are well integrated without over mixing.

Step 5: Introducing the Chocolate Chips

The final flourish to our dough is the addition of semisweet chocolate chips. These little morsels of chocolate elevate our cookies to a whole new level, adding a delightful surprise with every bite.

Step 6: Preparing and Baking the Cookies

Once the dough is prepared, it’s time to form small balls and place them onto our baking sheet, remembering to leave enough space for spreading. Into the preheated oven they go, and as they bake, the kitchen fills up with the rich, enticing aroma of chocolate and Guinness.

Chocolate Cookies

Storing Your Cookies

Now that we’ve baked our delightful Guinness Chocolate Cookies, it’s essential to talk about proper storage. Ensuring these scrumptious treats remain fresh and delectable over time is just as important as the process of making them.

The first step after baking is cooling the cookies completely. This helps to lock in the flavors and sets the texture. After spending a few minutes on the baking sheet, transfer them to a wire rack to cool evenly, thus preventing the bottoms from getting soggy from the steam.

When it comes to storing your cookies, your best ally is an airtight container. This simple yet effective tool will keep your cookies fresh and prevent them from drying out. If an airtight container isn’t readily available, a resealable plastic bag will do the job too.

With these storage conditions, your Guinness Chocolate Cookies can stay fresh and flavorful for up to a week. However, for the most delightful experience, I recommend enjoying these cookies within a few days of baking.

Can Guinness Chocolate Cookies be Frozen?

If you find yourself with leftover Guinness Chocolate Cookies or want to prepare them ahead of time, freezing is a great option to preserve their deliciousness.

First, make sure the cookies are completely cool before freezing. This prevents condensation and maintains their texture.

Next, freeze the cookies individually by arranging them on a baking sheet with some space between each one. Freeze until solid, usually for about an hour.

Transfer the individually frozen cookies to an airtight container or freezer-safe zip-lock bag. If stacking, use parchment or wax paper to separate the layers and prevent sticking.

Label the container or bag with the date and store it in the freezer. These cookies can be frozen for up to 3 months.

When you’re ready to enjoy them, simply thaw the desired number of cookies at room temperature.

Guinness Chocolate Cookies

Guinness Chocolate Cookies

Gwen Xavier
Indulge in the delightful fusion of rich chocolate and the bold flavors of Guinness with these irresistible Chocolate Cookies. Perfectly balanced in taste and texture, these cookies can be frozen for long-term enjoyment, ensuring a delightful treat whenever you desire.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 32 Cookies
Calories 210 kcal


  • 1 Cup Unsalted butter Room temperature
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Guinness Beer
  • 2 Cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups Semisweet chocolate chips


  • Begin by preheating your oven to 350 °F (175 °C) and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the room-temperature unsalted butter, sugar, and dark brown sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. This process should take approximately three minutes.
  • One at a time, beat in the eggs, ensuring each is fully mixed in before adding the next. Then, stir in the vanilla extract.
  • At this stage, slowly pour in the Guinness beer and mix it into the butter and sugar mixture. While the mixture may initially appear a bit curdled, it will integrate smoothly as you continue mixing.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Gradually, add the dry ingredients into the butter, sugar, and beer mixture, making sure to mix well after each addition. Make sure all the dry ingredients are well integrated, but be careful not to over mix.
  • Once the wet and dry ingredients are well combined, stir in the semisweet chocolate chips.
  • Use a tablespoon to form balls of dough and place them onto the prepared baking sheet. Make sure to space them about two inches apart to allow room for spreading.
  • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 10–12 minutes. The cookies are done when the edges are firm and the tops have a cracked appearance.
  • After removing the cookies from the oven, allow them to cool on the baking sheets for about five minutes. Then, transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Keyword Chocolate Cookies, Guinness

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Gwen Xavier

Gwen Xavier, the culinary genius behind Finding Sanity In Our Crazy Life, initially crafted her food-focused website out of a necessity to find joy in cooking. Over the years, her relationship with the kitchen transformed from a mere duty to a fervent passion. Today, Gwen shares a variety of recipes on a daily basis, curating meals that cater to diverse tastes and family preferences, proving that cooking can indeed become a love affair!

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