Sweet Potato Ale Shortbread

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Sweet Potato Ale Shortbread

The Sweet Potato Ale drew the short stick.

Sweet Potato Ale Shortbread

It’s always playing second fiddle.  The under-appreciated runner up to the homecoming queen and bell of the fall ball.  The pumpkin ale.

Sweet Potato Ale Shortbread

Don’t get me wrong.  I love a pumpkin ale as much as anyone else.  I do prefer it in October rather than July, but it is what it is.  So, when October finally rolls around, we’re all about the pumpkin.  Then we move into the holiday season and all we can talk about is gingerbread and peppermint.  Other than a brief solo performance in a casserole or maybe a pie at Thanksgiving, the sweet potato is all but forgotten.  I mean, when was the last time you saw a sweet potato ale in July?

Sweet Potato Ale Shortbread

Remember when I told you about how back in late October Chris and Jeff went to that Panthers game? Well, I dropped them off at The Wooden Robot – a local brewery walking distance from the stadium. They were going to have a beer there before the game, then walk back after and have another while the crowds thinned out and they could grab an Uber.  I was thrilled when I discovered the brewery had a Sweet Potato Ale and told them to bring me a growler.  I actually told them not to come home without it!  They brought me this precious jug of heavenly brew and I made it the star of it’s own show.  The Sweet Potato Ale Shortbread.

Sweet Potato Ale Shortbread

This beauty plays second fiddle to no one.

Sweet Potato Ale Shortbread

Sweet Potato Ale Shortbread


  • 2 sticks butter, plus another 1/2 tablespoon or so to coat pan
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, plus another 2 tablespoons for sprinkling when finished
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup sweet potato ale


  1. Combine 2 sticks butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cornstarch, and salt
  3. Combine flour mixture and butter mixture
  4. Add beer and knead lightly until it all just comes together
  5. Coat the bottom and sides of a spring form pan with remaining butter
  6. Transfer dough to pan, press to evenly distribute
  7. With a knife, lightly score 4 lines into the top into 8 equal pieces - like a pizza
  8. Use a fork to lightly poke 3 times into the top of each piece
  9. Chill in refrigerator at least 1 hour or cover and chill overnight
  10. Heat oven to 350 and bake 30 - 35 minutes
  11. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining sugar
  12. Cool completely on a wire rack, remove outside of pan, cut into wedges where scored
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  1. Pumpkin Ale can be substituted if Sweet Potato is not available – we won’t judge
  2. Dough will be sticky
  3. I was inspired to shape this shortbread into wedges like this rather than in cookie circles after watching Loraine Pascale do it this way on an episode of her TV show I caught a bit of on the Cooking Channel


Sweet Potato Ale Shortbread
Sweet Potato Ale Shortbread is an amazing transformation of a traditional classic treat infused with some Sweet Potato Ale for a craft beer surprise | Beer Girl Cooks
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15 Responses to Sweet Potato Ale Shortbread

  1. Sweet potato ale??? Oh man, I wish our local breweries did that one and I might have to have a little talk with a couple of them to put it on brewing board 😉 Shortbread is so awesome for Christmas. I love making it every year. You know what? I just remembered the brewery up the street from us makes this peanut butter stout and I wonder if I could use that in this recipe? It ain’t sweet potato ale but…

    • You should totally talk to your local breweries, K! And I think a peanut butter stout would be out of this world in here! I bet it would be pretty awesome in some brownies too! 🙂

  2. Sweet potato ale sounds all sorts of amazing, Rach! I don’t blame you for demanding a growler.. in fact you should have demanded 4. 😉 I adore short bread, but I’ve never seen a version this fancy… or pretty!! I absolutely need to make this over the weekend! Now I just gotta find some SP ale! Hmm if anything I guess it may be an excuse to get Boy to go to CTL earlier than next year. Hehe. Pinned!! Cheers, lady! Xo

  3. This recipe is amazing! I mean sweet potato ale?? I think you can’t go wrong here!! If you are not that much of a baker just take the ale!! Amazing short bread recipe!

  4. You know, I don’t think I’ve ever had a sweet potato ale. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one! But I will definitely be on the lookout now…even if I have to wait until next year. This shortbread looks amazing, and I’m guessing it went quite well with a nice pint of ale! 🙂

  5. This sounds so delicious! Sweet potato ale? I’ve never had, but would certainly LOVE to try. And then adding to these shortbread? Way to take it to another level. Would love to have a piece (or two) of this in front of me right now!!

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