Celebrate the best season of the year by trying Wine Pairings with Girl Scout Cookies. These special cookies are the perfect reason to throw a party or simply a way to enjoy a simple dessert.
The best time of the year is, in fact, Girl Scout cookie season. Shall we celebrate by enjoying wine pairings with Girl Scout Cookies?
For many troops, proceeds from their cookie sales fund activities and community projects for the scouts. Most troops sell Girl Scout Cookies for a period of six weeks from January to April, though exactly when varies from troop to troop.
As a former Girl Scout myself, I love to support these young, badge-wearing entrepreneurs whenever I have a chance. It teaches young women essential life skills like leadership, sales and accounting.
Many people look forward to this time of year and love trying the new types of cookies every year! (My favorite Girl Scout Cookie will always be a Thin Mint, frozen of course!)
Where to buy Girl Scout Cookies
The Girl Scout Cookie website lets you find troops selling cookies at booths in your location. If you don’t know a Girl Scout or don’t live near a troop, you can even buy cookies online!
There are two bakers for Girl Scout Cookies, Little Brownie Bakers and ABC Bakers, which is why the names of the cookies can vary depending on your location. Each district chooses their own baker.
Some cookies, like the Lemonades and Savannah Smiles, have been discontinued over the years, while others are not available in all areas.
Now, let’s get into those Girl Scout Cookie wine pairings!
Girl Scout Cookie Wine Pairings
There are wine pairings for just about every sweet treat you can imagine, and Girl Scout Cookies are no different. These delectable treats are only available once a year, so it’s important to enjoy them while we can.
Why not invite friends over for a wine pairing party to try your favorite wines with Girl Scout Cookie pairings? Try some new wines, eat some delicious cookies and have a fun happy hour with friends.
Trefoils / Shortbread
Emblazoned with the Girl Scouts logo, the Trefoil shortbread cookies are dense and delicious. Pair them with a dry sparkling wine like prosecco. With bright, fruity flavors and bubbles, prosecco brings out the buttery notes of the Trefoil cookies.
If bubbles aren’t for you, try a crisp Chardonnay wine instead. With a buttery flavor of its own, this popular white wine will work wonders with this buttery cookie.
If you’re up for making a rosé cocktail, try rosé granita or strawberry rosé sangria, which pairs well with lemon flavors. Either a bright sauvignon blanc or a pinot grigio would be a good choice if you prefer a dry option.
Do-Si-Dos / Peanut Butter Sandwiches
The salted notes of these peanut butter sandwich cookies pair beautifully with sweet Malmsey Madeira. A fortified wine, this dark and rich wine has a musky fragrant nose, plus notes of vanilla, walnuts and caramel.
Merlot wine is another choice for peanut butter cookies, though it’s more of a dry wine.
Toffee-Tastics are the gluten-free cookies of the Girl Scout Cookie lineup. Their sweet, crunchy toffee bits pair well with a dry, oaky Cabernet Sauvignon.
Girl Scout S’mores
Try a fruity Viognier wine with these milk chocolate marshmallow sandwich cookies. These slightly sweet, silky, aromatic wines are a perfect complement for the buttery milk chocolate in this newer cookie.
Tagalongs / Peanut Butter Patties
Sweet, bold chocolate and peanut butter cookies call for Ruby Port or Tawny Port, a sweet red wine often enjoyed after a meal. The fruity notes of the port will give this pairing a semi PB&J feel. (Or try this pomegranate port cocktail.)
Samoas / Caramel DeLites
Whether you call them Samoas or Caramel DeLites, these cookies are without a doubt one of the most popular Girl Scout Cookies. The flavors of crunchy coconut, chewy caramel and creamy chocolate work so well together in these cookies and in all kinds of cookie-inspired desserts like Samoa Bundt Cake.
Try them with a dry, full-bodied wine like a Malbec. With dark fruit notes, the rich, jammy fruit flavors of blackberry and red plum are co-star with these indulgent cookies.
For a white wine, try a Sauternes. The butterscotch, caramel and coconut flavor profile of the wine will pair nicely with the flaky coconut in the cookies.
The most famous Girl Scout Cookie of them all, the Thin Mint, is a dark chocolate-covered mint chocolate biscuit cookie. Mint chocolate pairs well with bold, deep red wines such a Syrah or a Pinot Noir.
The Thin Mint lover will find the spices in this red wine complements the cool, fresh mint flavor of this classic cookie.
A Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel would also work well here. You could also enjoy them alongside a boozy mint chocolate milkshake.
Peppermint and chocolate is a common combination at the holidays, so keep this pairing in mind when making peppermint joe-joes and other minty holiday desserts.
What are your favorite wine pairings with Girl Scout cookies? Let me know which ones you try in the comments!
Note: Not all types of cookies were available for this taste-test of Wine Pairings with Girl Scout Cookies. Apologies to fans of Adventurefuls, Caramel Chocolate Chip and Toast-Yays.