For years, I wanted to make a cookie that would go with beer. From the start, I knew I wanted it to have pretzels and some cheese. I worked on the cookie on and off and never really got what I wanted. Then one day, when I was making a shellfish recipe that called for Old Bay Seasoning, I had that eureka moment: Old Bay was what was missing. A couple of spoonfuls of that blend, which relies heavily on celery salt, and the cookie came together. Is it good with beer? Yes. But here’s the bonus: The Old Bay makes the cookies a winner with Bloody Marys too.
These come together really easily and are slice-and-bake cookies (meaning you roll them into a log, chill and then slice them). I chose to refrigerate mine (as opposed to freezing as the recipe calls for) as often I find the dough too hard to slice neatly when it’s frozen. Dorie calls for caution as there might be large pretzel bits in the dough when you slice it but I used my mini food processor (and didn’t even break up the pretzels before I put them into the bowl) and the dough was fairly uniform.
The recipe calls for slicing these 1/3-inch thick and I don’t think any of mine were quite that thick but I would say that next time I would slice them even thinner (like, 1/4-inch at the most) as I found them a little too dry (a bit “too much” cookie if that makes sense?). My half-batch made 24 cookies and the full recipe makes 50 so I am not sure if that is a typo? (though they are from the famed Beurre & Sel collection and I know those were quick thick cookies…). In any case, a fun recipe to make to serve friends and make them guess the ingredients. NO-ONE (at least here in Canada) would be able to pick out Old Bay seasoning… Or the pretzels, for that matter. But the flavours are really good!
Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Old Bay Pretzel-and-Cheese Cookies on page 403 of Dorie’s Cookies.
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