I mentioned on Sunday that I wanted to try the beer cookie...but ended up at a wine tasting, not a bad night but I still wanted to try the beer cookie. This all began when I was logged into my twitter account Friday night and I noticed a retweet from Taste of the Boroughs about Beer Cookies being sold at the Vin Bin in Marlborough starting today. Now I enjoy a quality brew as much as anyone, but in my years of running up bar tabs I have yet to encounter a "beer cookie". I was intrigued and attempted an early evaluation on Sunday but it took till today to actually get my hands on the snack.
At first I tried the beer cookie alone and the flavor was a bit overwhelmed with fennel. But when I opened a Dogfish I really enjoyed the beer cookie. The powerful fennel works better as a compliment to the hops in the beer. The cookie is somewhat like a crisp bagel but not as crunchy as a pretzel with fennel flavor. I only tried the original, but I believe there is a pepper flavor.
After a little research I found out that Matt Virzi is the owner of Bokos bakery in Shrewsbury and the creator of the beer cookie. Matt created the beer cookie by modifying his grandmothers recipe for taralli to, among other things, include beer in the ingredients. For the Italian cooks out there taralli is pretty well known but this was my first experience.