CRUNCH IN THE NIGHT
I have arrived. My first beer and food pairing for the Let’s Go! Podcast show! My first assignment: Lagunitas Brewing Company’s Night Time. This was an incredibly fun beer to read about. “Kinda like Daytime's big, dark and scary sidekick, this ale is packed full of highly roasted malts then bitterly balanced with fistfuls of the dankest hops.
Not for the lunch crowd or the faint of heart.”
No faint of heart here.
Better than the beer’s description is the foods it lists to pair with this beer on the Lagunitas site:
“...Sour cream and onion chips with some dip, man. Some beef jerky, some peanut butter. Get some Haagen-Daaz ice cream bars. A whole lotta chocolate. Gotta have chocolate, man. Some popcorn...GRAHAM CRACKERS!!! Graham crackers with the marshmallows. Little marshmallows with little chocolate bars and we'll make some s'mores, man. Celery, grape jelly, Captain Crunch…”
If you’re familiar with the Paradox of Choice, you’ll understand how I may have been a little overwhelmed with choices when I was trying to decide what to make. But for some unknown reason, Cap’n Crunch kept catching my attention. Maybe it’s because it’s my beer drinking daddy’s favorite cereal. Maybe I was just hungry for some of the sweet sugary goodness of my youth. Either way, what we have today is a beautiful marriage between the Cap’n (not Captain) and peanut butter. These cookies have all the deliciousness of a traditional peanut butter cookie, and the fun crunch of the cereal (BONUS: all the dagger-like corners of the cereal are avoided in this delectable dessert).
7 Tablespoons softened butter
1/2 Cup granulated sugar
1/2 Cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 Cup creamy peanut butter
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla
1 Cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup Cap’n Crunch Cereal, crushed with rolling pin
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars until well combined. Beat in peanut butter until combined then beat in the egg and vanilla.
2. In a large bowl mix the flour baking soda and salt. Slowly add to wet ingredients on slow speed. Add in Cap’n Crunch Cereal until just combined. With a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough onto a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. With the tines of a fork, press gently forming a criss cross shape over tops. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until baked to your liking.
Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies (Side note, when I made these, it was LITERALLY the first time I’ve ever made a recipe of cookies and made EXACTLY the number specified. You know, if you’re into that sort of info.)
I hope you enjoy these tasty treats!
P.S. If you aren’t already convinced of Cap’n Crunch’s greatness (and even if you are), you HAVE to check out this project they put together with Funny or Die to try out a whole new type of advertising for their product. An incredible article outlining the whole process with links to the videos can be found HERE. They’re fantastic.