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Guinness Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Beer in a cookie? You bet. Don’t worry though, they won’t taste like beer. The rich undertones of Guinness stout (reduced to a thick syrup for intense flavor) are offset by white chocolate chunks.

Guinness Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These little gems are the perfect nibbler for a St. Patrick's Day celebration
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Cooling30 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: boozy baking, boozy cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Guinness, guinness chocolate, Guinness Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Guinness stout, St Patrick’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day Treats
Servings: 36



  • 24 oz. Guinness Extra Stout
  • 1 cup Packed brown sugar, divided


  • 2 ¾ cups All-purpose flour
  • cup Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. Instant espresso powder
  • ¾ tsp. Baking soda
  • ½ tsp. Table salt


  • 1 Stick unsalted butter (8 Tbsp.), softened 
  • ½ cup Shortening 
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 2 Eggs 
  • 1 tsp. Pure vanilla extract


  • 2 cups White chocolate chunks 
  • 1 cup Semisweet chocolate chunks


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Reduce Guinness with ½ cup brown sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat until it measures ⅓ cup and is syrupy, 30–45 minutes. Remove Guinness syrup from heat; set aside to cool slightly.
  • Whisk together flour, cocoa, espresso powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Cream butter, shortening, granulated sugar, and remaining ½ cup brown sugar in a bowl with a hand mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add Guinness syrup, eggs, and vanilla; mix to combine.
  • Stir flour-cocoa mixture into creamed mixture until flour is no longer visible; stir in white and semisweet chocolate chunks.
  • Drop dough by #30 scoop (about 2 Tbsp.) onto prepared baking sheets. Bake cookies until edges are set, 12–14 minutes. Let cookies cool 2 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.


  • Guinness Extra Stout is available in 12-oz. bottles. Guinness Draught, in 11.5-oz. bottles, works as well but has a slightly less-intense flavor.

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Written by Lisa Yarde

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