As soon as the temperature outside starts getting cooler, my oven starts to warm up! Fall marks the beginning of cookie season and what better way to kick it off than with my new favorite beer by Stone Brewing Company, Xocoveza. This brew is a chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, chile pepper and coffee-infused milk stout. If this is hard to wrap your head around, just think about drinking a glass of chocolate gold. It really is that amazing. I’ve had other chocoloate-chile beers but none that compare to Xocoveza. I think the trick is that there isn’t an overpowering spiciness but rather just the wonderful flavors of the chiles minus the kick. Go find yourself a bottle to see what I’m talking about. If you can spare a little bit to cook with, try out these Walnut Butter Cookies that are topped with a Xocoveza Chocolate sauce. Please, don’t limit yourself to just topping cookies with this chocolate goodness – it would be great on ice cream, muffins, cupcakes, etc. You can thank me later.
Serving Size: Makes 6-8 Poptarts, depending on how good you are with dough. If you want to make more, just double the dough. You should have plenty of chocolate filling.
Drink and Spoon is finally back and we are bringing you tons of good stuff! The first recipe will be this delectable peach tart, with peaches caramelized in Agave Wheat by Breckenridge Brewery. In my opinion, Agave Wheat is the perfect summertime brew. It’s a slightly sweet wheat beer with some overlying citrus flavors – kind of like drinking the sunshine. Using it to caramelize one of my favorite summertime fruits turned out to be a fantastic idea. The wheat flavors really came through and mixed wonderfully with the sweet peaches. I’d pretty much serve this peach tart at any summer picnic and I suggest you do as well.
Bacon. There is nothing better, except maybe a cookie with bacon in it. I don’t have much to say about this recipe other than try it. And try it with the beer. The Imperial Nut Brown by Tommyknocker paired with this recipe is delicious and makes the flavors in the cookie really shine. Enjoy this salty and sweet bacon, walnut, chocolate chip delight.