Recipe: MANCOOKIES | Perfect for Super Bowl Parties!

Remember back in November when I wrote a review about the fun cookie book COOKIES FOR GROWN-UPS? Well, I'd had it as a digital ARC ages before it came out and this was the first cookie I knew I had to make. I loved it soooo much and have had so many people who thought it would be disgusting love it that I contacted the publisher to see if I could re-print the recipe.
Thanks Daniel at Red Rock Press for the permission! 
I honestly meant to have shared it around the December 1st release date—so you could use it through the season, natch!—but things got crazy and I actually forgot to do it. But earlier this week I was cleaning out old photo files and saw the pics of them and did a big old facepalm. Better late than never and this is actually the PERFECT time to try them... make them for Super Bowl Sunday! Trust me, they will be a surprising hit.

from Cookies for Grown-Ups by Kelly Cooper
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 tablespoon lime zest
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup Slim Jim™, sliced or chopped (about 2 Slim Jim™ sticks)
1 1/4 cups dry roasted sunflower kernels (non-dry roasted are oily)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, using electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in egg, beer and lime zest.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl and add to butter mixture. Beat until just incorporated. Fold in Slim Jim™ pieces and sunflower kernels.
  3. Scoop or drop dough by 1 rounded tablespoon portions and place 1 1/2 inches apart on a parchment-lined or nonstick baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are golden. Let sit for a few minutes and transfer to a cooling rack.
Yields about 4 dozen.

I made my first batch with Samuel Adam's Octoberfest and they were soooo yummy but the sunflower kernels were a bit too much. They were falling off there were so many! For my second batch I used only 1 cup of the sunflower kernels with better results.

In the first batch I cut the Slim Jim™s into 1/4 inch pieces and for the second batch made them reeeally tiny. I preferred the bigger chunks but the hubs liked the smaller ones. Go figure. ;)

We also made the second batch with Beltian White and I didn't care for it as much. I'd recommend going with beers that have citrusy or spicy notes to work with the smokey and citrusy nature of the cookie.

Overall, it's turned into an EASY and crowd-pleasing recipe I love to make for social occasions. I definitely recommend giving it a try if you're in the mood for something and would very much recommend checking the book out if you love being inspired to bake new and unusual treats. You can buy it on Amazon for under $20 and there are lots of great photos to make your tummy happy.

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