Did you know the average person consumes almost 19,000 cookies in a lifetime? That’s insane – but also, seems about right… Pairing two things I love – cookies and wine – is a no brainer, especially on a day like today — it’s National Homemade Cookies Day! Read on to find a wine pairing for your favorite cookie.
Sugar Cookies + Riesling
Rieslings tend to be on the sweeter side, which will stand up to this cookie — whether you’re frosting it, or covering it in sprinkles or a crunchy sugar coating. Riesling’s crisp acidity will also cut through the buttery richness.
Jam Thumbprint Cookies + Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir usually leans toward red fruit flavors — raspberry, cranberry, strawberry — with vanilla tones that come from the oak barrels used to age the wine. These flavors will complement the cookie, making this combination is tart and jammy.
Snickerdoodles + Sauvignon Blanc
The best snickerdoodles will be sweet, spicy, and tangy. Pairing it with a Sauvignon Blanc that mimics the same sweet and savory notes will not disappoint.
Peanut Butter Cookies + Port
The sweetness of this dessert wine is enhanced by the hint of salt from the peanut butter — making a combination reminiscent of peanut butter and jelly!
Shortbread + Chardonnay
Buttery shortbread will taste amazing when paired with a buttery wine like Chardonnay. This wine will also bring out delicious vanilla notes in the shortbread.
Chocolate Chip + Merlot / Grenache / Moscato
Dark chocolate and merlot are a classic decadent pairing that helps you appreciate the sweeter notes of both the wine and the cookie. For cookies made with milk chocolate chips, try a smoother Grenache-based wine instead. White chocolate is sweet so you may want to pair it with a light, sweet wine, like a moscato.
What’s your favorite cookie? If it isn’t listed here, let me know!
“Alcohol makes other people less tedious, and food less bland, and can help provide what the Greeks called entheos, or the slight buzz of inspiration when reading or writing.”
– Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir