I changed this recipe quite a bit and fooled around as I made it. Here's what i did and they came out pretty good.
1) The beer I used was a Goat peanut butter and chocolate porter. It's really disgusting just drinking it, but we saved it for something like this. Instead of the 1 1/4 c. I only used 2/3 a cup (which was all I had left of the porter. We kept trying to get other family members to drink it, but everyone agreed it was nasty).
2) I added 1/2 cup of Blackstrap Molasses to it along with the brown sugar. I also added 1 tsp. of vanilla extract, 1 c. rolled oats, 1/2 c. of whole wheat flour, 1 tsp extra of the cinnamon, and pecans instead of walnuts.
With those changes, the cookies came out really dark, but they're quite delicious. The salt, however, we found to be absolutely necessary. Without it, the cookies don't really have any strong flavors. But the salt seriously brings out the flavors of the porter.
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I changed this recipe quite a bit and fooled around as I made it. Here's what i did and they...