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From Dinner to Dessert, 15 Ways to Get Cooking with Stout!

Malty, pleasantly bitter stout beer has long been known for its distinctive flavor at local watering holes, but did you know that it also makes a great addition to all kinds of sweet and savory dishes? Stout makes for an ideal braising liquid for meats, adding lots of flavor, tenderness, and a hint of bitterness that cuts through rich meats. In desserts, cooking with stout makes for an intriguing counterpoint to sweet flavors; stout can also add an impressive kick in grown-up desserts! If you’re planning on a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, even if it’s just a festive dinner at home, these creative stout recipes are sure to be crowd pleasers.

Note that when stout is cooked or simmered, some of the alcohol will burn off. To make the best decision about what’s right for your family, see this chart for specific alcohol burn-off times. Whenever stout is used without a long period of cooking, as with most of the sweets here, it’s best to reserve those foods for revelers who are over 21.

  • 15 Delicious Ways to Get Cooking with Stout Beer! 1 of 16
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    For St. Patrick's Day, or any day, here are 15 ways to bring out big flavor by cooking with stout!

  • 5-Ingredient Guinness Quick Bread 2 of 16
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    This sweet and savory Guinness quick bread is just the thing to accompany a batch of corned beef and cabbage.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Angie McGowan

  • Bacon and Beer Carbonara 3 of 16
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    This bacon and beer carbonara might not be the most traditional take on the classic Italian pasta dish, but it's definitely the most delicious!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Angie McGowan

  • Stout Milkshakes with Bittersweet Hot Fudge 4 of 16
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    Top-notch vanilla ice cream always makes for a knockout milkshake, but when a healthy helping of stout is added to the mix, things get seriously scrumptious!
    Babble Food has the recipe
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  • Irish Beef Stew with Stout Parsley Dumplings 5 of 16
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    This thick and rich Irish beef stew is topped with parsley dumplings, which happen to be the perfect thing for soaking up all that delicious gravy!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal 

  • Black and Tan Cupcakes 6 of 16
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    Make a grown-up treat that everyone will love with this clever cupcake recipe inspired by the classic black and tan. These cupcakes feature stout cake and a hint of stout in the buttercream frosting, for a beer-infused dessert that the over 21 crowd is going to love!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal 

  • Easy Guinness Brownies 7 of 16
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    These Guinness brownies have two great things going for them. First, they're every bit as gooey and chocolaty as you'd imagine; second, they are incredibly easy to make!
    Babble Food has the recipe
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  • Pumpkin Guinness Gingerbread 8 of 16
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    You might associate gingerbread with the holidays, but this easy pumpkin Guinness bundt cake is the perfect flavor for any occasion.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal 

  • Guinness Beef Stew 9 of 16
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    This incredibly hearty stew goes the extra mile to coax optimal flavor from an inexpensive rump roast, loads of vegetables, and rich stout.
    Wonky Wonderful has the recipe
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  • Chocolate Stout Cake 10 of 16
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    This three layer chocolate stout cake is topped with a creamy stout frosting too. This moist and tender celebration cake is perfect for a St. Paddy's bash!
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
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  • Dark Chocolate Guinness Pots De Creme 11 of 16
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    Pots de creme are a wonderful no-bake treat that you can whip up even on the busiest evenings!
    Always Order Dessert has the recipe
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  • Guinness Whoopie Pies with Irish Cream Filling 12 of 16
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    Filled with an irresistible Irish creme and Irish whiskey filling, these stout-infused whoopie pies are definitely for grown-ups only. (But that's cool — more for you!)
    Poet in the Pantry has the recipe
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  • Guinness-Braised Brats and Broccoli Baked Potatoes 13 of 16
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    Braising bratwurst in Guinness is a great way to build complex flavors, even in a simple dish. With the brats and fresh broccoli piled high on a baked potato, this recipe makes for a fun dinner!
    Farm Fresh Feasts has the recipe
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  • Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes 14 of 16
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    Harness all the boozy goodness of an Irish car bomb cocktail in the form of a cupcake with this creative recipe! Featuring chocolate stout cake topped with Bailey's ganache and Jameson buttercream, these clever cupcakes are perfect for a St. Patrick's Day party.
    Girl in the Little Red Kitchen has the recipe
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  • Guinness-Braised Brisket 15 of 16
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    Beef brisket is rendered supple and delicious when braised in rich Guinness. And since easy braises are a great way to feed a crowd, this festive, stout-infused recipe is ideal for a big celebration.
    Noble Pig has the recipe
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  • St. John’s Stout Stew 16 of 16
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    This recipe is based on the idea that if a stew made with good beer is tasty, then a stew made with a great beer will be fantastic. With tender meat and big chunks of vegetables, it's hard to imagine this simple recipe is anything short of delicious.
    Rock Recipes has the recipe
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