Between January and April every year, the Girl Scouts are on a mission to sell their famous cookies — by going door-to-door or online or by setting up "cookie booths" outside of storefronts. Girl Scout cookies aren’t just popular among kids. Adults love them too! And what better way to enjoy them as an adult than with a glass of ...wine???
Wine might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re thinking about Girl Scout cookies, but the two can make a good match. Maybe you love the intense flavors of the Samoas or prefer the simplicity of Lemonades or Trefoils — either way, there are many wine pairings for Girl Scout cookies just waiting for you to try.
Girl Scout Cookies Wine Pairing Options
First, let’s take a look at some of the best wines to pair with different types of Girl Scout cookies.
According to the Girl Scouts of America, Thin Mints is their best-selling cookie. These minty, chocolatey cookies offer an experience that’s hard to beat. But, the flavor combination can be a challenge when it comes to wine pairing.
A full-bodied wine with a robust fruit flavor is often your best bet with these cookies. A cool weather Cabernet Franc, with its herbal aromas and notes of juicy raspberries and mint, pair nicely here. A full-bodied Merlot or Pinot Noir could work well, too.
Samoas — also known as Caramel de Lites — are the second best-selling cookie. The extra toasted, coconut-covered cookies are full of caramel flavor and a hint of chocolate from the drizzle on top.
The combination of caramel and coconut asks to go with a sweeter wine. The high sugar content of a Sauternes holds up perfectly to the sweetness of the cookie. You could also opt for a sherry or try a dry wine such as an oaky Rioja.
There’s something wonderful about the simplicity of Trefoils. These shortbread cookies have a rich, buttery flavor that almost demands a Chardonnay.
If you’re not a chardonnay fan, don’t worry. You have a few other options, including Riesling. Riesling’s acidity cuts through the butteriness, and the wine’s apricot and peach notes go well with Trefoils.
Do-Si-Dos consist of two oatmeal cookies on the outside and creamy peanut butter inside. These cookies are a delightful combination of sweet and salty. The only thing they’re missing to make them a complete sandwich is a bit of jam.
That’s where Zinfandel wine comes in with its rich, luscious, jam-like flavors. The notes of vanilla, maple, and touch of spice serve to add some extra oomph to the combination.
Prosecco makes another excellent pairing for Do-Si-Dos. The nutty, apple flavors of this sparkling wine work well with the peanut butter filling.
Toffee-tastics are one of the Girl Scouts’ gluten-free cookies. These buttery, crunchy cookies are reminiscent of biscotti. While they have bits of toffee scattered throughout, they’re pretty mild and not overly sweet.
For these cookies, a Viognier makes a great pairing. It’s a creamy wine, with notes of citrus and almonds. The apple, pineapple, and toasted brioche notes of a full-bodied chardonnay also play well with Toffee-Tastics.
Caramel Chocolate Chip
Caramel and chocolate? Yes, please! These chewy cookies are another one of the Girl Scouts’ gluten-free options. If you’re fortunate enough to have these cookies available in your area, try them with a glass of a tawny port.
The mellow, rich wine has notes of apricot, caramel, butterscotch, and honey, along with a good bit of nuttiness, all of which create the perfect after-dinner treat when paired with the chewy cookies. You could also try Caramel Chocolate Chip cookies with a sherry, Chardonnay, or Viognier.
Tagalongs — or Peanut Butter Patties — feature a crisp cookie topped with peanut butter enrobed in smooth, rich chocolate. This Girl Scouts’ cookie can be transformed into sort of adult peanut butter and jelly notes (with those of chocolate) by combining it with a vibrant, fruity Beaujolais.
Other wines to try with Tagalongs include tawny port or Cabernet Sauvignon. Tawny ports’ plum, apricot, and caramel notes complement the cookie nicely. Cabernet Sauvignons have aromas of cocoa and coffee, along with berry and cocoa flavors.
Thanks to the Girl Scouts, you don’t have to sit outside in front of a fire and make your own s’mores. They’ve done all the work and boxed the classic combination of chocolate and marshmallow between two graham cracker cookies so that you can enjoy them any time. That includes eating them while sipping a glass of wine.
Shiraz makes an ideal complement to the Girl Scouts’ S’mores. The wine is rich and bold with notes of cedar, tobacco, brown sugar, and even smoke. What’s more, Shiraz has a warming quality to it, so it’s almost like you’re enjoying the S’mores cookies in front of a campfire. They’re a match made in wine food pairing heaven, whether you’re enjoying them in front of an actual fire or on your couch.
Lemonades and Lemon-Ups
Lemonades are a simple yet delicious combination of shortbread cookies topped with zesty lemon icing, whereas Lemon-Ups are lemon-flavored cookies with little inspirational messages stamped on their tops. We’ve put these two citrusy delights together because they both pair well with similar wines.
Try either of these tangy cookies with a citrus-forward rosé. The notes in the wine amplify the lemon flavor of these cookies. The light, delicate nature of the cookies also does well with a sweeter Riesling or a bright, fruity Sauvignon Blanc.
Girl Scout Cookies Wine Pairing Tips
These are just a few possible wine pairing options for Girl Scout cookies, but there are many more out there. So experiment with your own wine pairings. Here are a few tips to help you with that:
- Lighter, delicate cookies go best with white wines.
- Darker, more intense cookies (including those with chocolate) go best with richer reds.
- Consider the texture of the cookie, too. Buttery cookies pair nicely with full-bodied Chardonnays, but they can also go well with more acidic wines that cut through the richness of the butter.
- Cookies and wines sharing similar flavor notes pair well because each of them can emphasize the flavors of the other.
Wine and Girl Scout Cookies: A Perfect Match
There’s a wine pairing for every Girl Scout cookie — from the simple Trefoils and Lemonades to the more intense Samoas and Thin Mints. Whether you’re enjoying them yourself or sharing your box with some friends — JJ Buckley Fine Wines has wines for all of your Girl Scout cookie pairing needs. If you’re not sure which wines to select, our wine specialists will be more than happy to offer some guidance.
Visit JJ Buckley Fine Wines today to view our selection and choose the best winning wine-Girl Scout cookie pairing for you.