This year is the 200th Oktoberfest in Munich Germany. It is my 11th. Those first few years of living in Munich, I resisted the entire experience. I was a serious NYC/LA snob and thought the entire festival was filled with drunk idiots. However, once I caved in, bought my first dirndl and learned the songs, I look forward to it every year. So call me a drunk idiot too.
Oh and one more thing. I hate beer. I know, that's got to be come sort of cosmic joke for someone who has lived in Germany all these years. But I do. hate. beer.
Because I have no love for a Helles or a Weissbier, I always drink a Radler which is half beer and half lemon drink. I know, a disgusting idea for you beer aficionados. And even after 11 years, I'm still only a two maß girl.
So to celebrate the Oktoberfest I used a Radler to flavor a cookie. A little crazy, I know, but so appropriate because you don't know crazy unless you have visited Oktoberfest.
Radler Pretzel Cookies
- 1 cup Radler
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 sticks butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup radler syrup*
- 5 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1+1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- A few drops of brown food coloring if desired
- Large crystal sugar
- Dissolve 1/2 cup sugar into 1 cup of Radler in a small saucepan over a medium heat.
- When it starts boiling, turn down the heat and let simmer until it thickens.
- Preheat oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats.
- Mix flour, salt and baking soda together and set aside.
- Cream butter with 1 cup of sugar and add egg beating until combined.
- Add Radler syrup and mix thoroughly.
- Add dry ingredients in thirds until combined.
- I wanted a darker golden color so here is where I added the food coloring.
- Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Make the Pretzels:
- Pinch a cookie sized piece off of the dough and roll into a log.
- Tuck the ends under and up into the center forming two loops.
I love the giant pretzels they serve at Otoberfest so I made a few giant sized ones as well.
- Place on backing sheet and sprinkle with large crystal sugar.
- The dough can be a bit sticky so have some extra flour on hand to sprinkle on the dough to make it easier to work with.
- Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes or until they harden.
I was surprised with how well these came out. Chewy with a lemony caramel flavor.