Dessert Pairing · Spring Beer

No Bake Cookies & Chocolate Milk Stout

No bake cookies are easy to make and are a great snack any time of day. I found a chocolate milk stout to go with these yummy cookies. Will they make a tasty evening snack?

The Beer: 

DSCN1236I picked out The Shipyard Brewing Company’s Chocolate Milk Stout while I was in the mood for chocolate. The bottle art reminded me of the old “Got Milk?” ads that I grew up with.

Style: Stout with 5.4% alc/vol

Color: Very dark brown, almost black

Aroma: Hints of chocolate and espresso

Taste: A rich chocolate, though more espresso notes rather than milk chocolate

Level of Recommendation: Good for a late night dessert pairing

The Food: 

What you’ll need: DSCN1234

  • 2 cups of oatmeal (quick rise works best)
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Combine in a skillet the butter, almond milk, and maple syrup. Allow to everything to come to a slow boil. Stir often. Once it has come to a boil, add in the cinnamon and salt, then bring down to a low simmer for a minute or two.

In a microwave safe bowl, place the chocolate chips and heat at 20 second intervals (about 2 times) until the chocolate is just starting to melt. Place in a mixing bowl with the peanut butter and oatmeal. Add in the heated almond milk, butter, and maple syrup mixture. Mix all ingredients well so that the chocolate and peanut butter melts.

Place some wax paper down on the baking sheet. Form the cookies with a spoon and place them on the wax paper. Place the baking sheet in the fridge or freezer until the cookies have harden (about an hour to an hour and a half).

The Pairing: 

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The cookies are a little gooey, but stay well formed. The cinnamon was a good addition and adds a small spicy component. These cookies really bring out the chocolate flavors in the beer as well. It’s not too sweet. Both are best served cold.

Level of Recommendation: Good for a late night snack.

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