TASTE: Cornersmith's spent grain cookies

TASTE: Cornersmith's spent grain cookies

Our friends over at Pocket City Farms have been running a monthly series of talks on food and farming, named Farm Chats! The next talk will be themed around 'Waste' with a panel made up of Alex from Cornersmith, The Unf**kers, Oliver Brown (Fat of the Land and Sea), Compost Revolution and Warre Wraps. AKA a bunch of people who know a shit-tonne about waste.  

It's something that's close to our hearts and we're in a lucky position that our major waste product - spent grain - is easily repurposed to become feed for happy livestock in the outer Sydney area. In the interests of home brewers who might have some spent grain on their hands, we thought we'd put the challenge to the Cornersmith team to make something edible and delicious (for humans).

And while most people don't love it when you drop around a load of waste at their place of business, the Smithies rubbed their hands together at the challenge! Here's the delicious cookies they came up with...

Young Henrys spent grain

Waste Warrior Cookies (Featuring Young Henrys Spent Beer Grains)

200g butter
175g brown sugar
1 egg, whisked
1 tbsp honey
100g dehydrated spent beer grains (blitzed into a fine powder) **
100g rice flour *
100g plain flour *
1 tbsp dehydrated coffee***
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp dehydrated pineapple dust ***
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder


Preheat oven to 170 and line a baking tray with baking paper

In a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Slowly add the egg with the mixer on medium speed, drizzle in the honey. Mix until combined.

In a separate bowl whisk all dry ingredients together. Add to the butter mix in two parts, and mix until a dough forms.

Roll into 50g balls and place on tray and flatten a little - leave enough room between for the cookies to spread.

Bake for 11 mins, remove from oven and place cookies on wire rack to cool.

* You can use any combination of flours here - whatever you have in the back of the cupboard! Buckwheat, chickpea, spelt, wholemeal, sorghum etc.
** You can use almond meal or hazelnut meal as a replacement for the spent beer grains. This will keep the texture.
*** You can use any combination of spices, dehydrated fruits, nuts, cocoa, chocolate etc. You can use instant coffee or dehydrate spent coffee grains in the oven.

Cornersmith x Young Henrys spent grain cookies

Farm Chats // Waste Warriors takes place on Wednesday 2nd May, 6-9pm. Tickets available on Eventbrite

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