I am very excited for this post, as it is my first recipe using a beer from a brewery that I actually visited! These pub snacks beer cookie squares are made with Folding Mountain Brewing’s Parkway Porter!
On my birthday weekend Eric and I drove west of Hinton and visited this brewery for a couple flights and some food, and my parents ended up surprising me with a visit as well! I tasted every beer they had available (I just had to!), and knew the Parkway Porter was going to be perfect for baking a sweet dessert – pub snacks beer cookie squares! I had no idea what to really call these when I started. They have a chocolate chip cookie base (made with some beer, of course), and then layered with some beer caramel sauce, and then topped with local bar snacks! Nuts, potato chips, crispy bacon, all drizzled with dark chocolate. Pub snacks beer cookie squares seems to fit.
Folding Mountain Brewing is located just west of Hinton, before you get to the Jasper Park gates. The atmosphere is inviting and feels modern and outdoorsy. We went in the late Spring where it was still below zero, but in the summer, I can imagine having a beer on their patio while enjoying the serene views of the Rocky Mountains.
The food is worth the stop as well. My parents shared the sandwich special of the day that was loaded with shredded pork, veggies, cheese and a side of fries. I heard nothing but silence, so it had to of been great! I had the FMB chicken burger – grilled chicken, smoked cheddar, guacamole, garlic aioli, pea shoots and tomatoes – with a side of fries and Eric had the FMB burger – beef patty, smoked cheddar, jalapeno jam, pale ale caramelized onions, kale, pea shoots and mayo – with poutine fries. Yes, the burgers were both as fantastic as they sound!! So good in fact that I completely forgot to take a picture of any of the food! Just beer…
First, let’s talk about the beer that is in the recipe, and then I can rave about the other beers they have!
This recipe is using the Parkway Porter from Folding Mountain Brewing. It pours clear, dark brown almost black, with white bubbly head that leaves a small line lingering. It smells of roasted caramel malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. Not far from the nose, it tastes like coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, some roasted nuttiness, and a bit doughy or bready. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy, medium carbonation with some nice frothiness. Overall it has been a staple porter for us this winter season and a perfect choice to use in this recipe.
While at Folding Mountain Brewing, I mentioned that I tried every beer. I won’t give you my review of each one, but rather check out the line up here. I will say that we took home a growler of the Wile Mountain Hefe – I found it to taste so much like bananas, I couldn’t get enough – and two bombers, one of the Ridgeline Double IPA and the other is the Alpine Cranberry Sour. We loved all of the beers they had and will be back this summer! Check out more about Folding Mountain Brewing on their Facebook Page, Instagram, or Twitter.
Pub Snacks Beer Cookie Squares
When you aren't sure what kind of bar snack you want - cookie, bacon, nuts, potato chips? All of this together on one square with caramel - and of course, beer is in the recipe!
- 3/4 cup butter
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 pieces bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 3 Tbsp stout or porter beer, like Folding Mountain Parkway Porter
- 1/2 cup stout or porter beer, like Folding Mountain Parkway Porter
- 1 cup plain potato chips, crushed into pieces
- 2 pieces bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1/2 cup chopped, mixed nuts
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13x9 pan with parchment paper and set aside.
Line a cookie sheet with tin foil and place the 4 strips of bacon on. Put bacon in the preheated oven, and cook for 15-20 minutes, flipping once in between, and checking often to ensure it doesn't burn. You want crispy bacon, but not burnt. Once cooked, set aside to cool on pieces of paper towel to drain the fat a little. Crumble when cool and set aside.
Cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Mix in the egg, vanilla extract, and beer.
Next add the flour and baking soda. Stir in chocolate chips and bacon until combined. Dough should be thick.
Press the cookie dough evenly into the bottom of the parchment lined dish and let set in the fridge for about 20 minutes. Bake for 25 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan.
While the bars are cooling, melt the caramels and beer together in a pan over medium heat. Allow the caramel to cook on low for about 5-10 minutes.
Pour the caramel mixture over cookie bars and spread evenly. Sprinkle the potato chips, bacon, and chopped nuts evenly over the caramel before it cools and hardens.
In a microwaveable bowl, add the chocolate chips and microwave for 10 seconds at a time. Stir the chocolate chips and repeat this until the chips are melted and smoothed. Drizzle melted chocolate evenly over the squares.
Once the bars are cool, use the parchment paper to lift them out of the dish and cut into squares. Best enjoyed with a stout or porter!