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TIP OF THE DAY: Cookies & Wine Pairings

Here’s an activity for Valentine’s Day, movie night or any fun occasion.

Pair cookies and wine!

Thanks to Chip City of New York City, purveyors of large, gooey cookies, for these pairing ideas:

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies & Cabernet Sauvignon: Cab is the perfect complement to chocolate chip cookies. Dry and full-bodied, it pairs well with the sweetness of the chocolate chips.
  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookies & Shiraz/Syrah*: The dense chewiness of oatmeal raisin cookies can overpower some wines, but pairs well with a full-bodied, spicy Shiraz (substitute Zinfandel).
  • Peanut Butter Cookies & Madiera: Madeira is a sweet, strong fortified wine that has a nutty flavor similar to sherry. It pairs well with the nuttiness of peanut butter cookies.
  • Sugar Cookies & Champagne: The slight tartness of Champagne is a match for the sweetness of sugar cookies.
  • Shortbread Cookies & Chardonnay: The buttery flavor and vanilla notes of shortbread are complemented by the buttery and vanilla notes of an oaky Chardonnay.
  • White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies & Riesling: A fruity, light Riesling provides a nice contrast to the buttery richness of the cookies.
    Two other tips from Cookies & Corks:

  • Ginger/Spice/Molasses Cookies: Gewürtztraminer, Pinot Grigio (Pinot Gris).
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies: Chardonnay, Gewürtztraminer, Pinot Grigio (Pinot Gris).
    These are not the only pairing options, of course; but they’re a good start.

    If you only want to taste one type of cookie, get the suggested wine and a second, similar wine.

    For example, with chocolate chip cookies taste both Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.




    [1] Pair sugar cookies with Champagne (photo © Cookies & Corks [now closed]).

    [2] How about a Cab with your chocolate chip cookies? (photo © Janie’s Cookies).

    Quaker Famous Oatmeal Cookies
    [3] Hearty oatmeal cookies pair with a spicy Shiraz (photo © Quaker Oats).


    *Syrah and Shiraz are the same grape, but the difference between the two wines stems from climate-driven styles. Winemakers who work in cooler-climate growing regions, both in the Old World and New World, tend to call their wines Syrah. Shiraz is the name used in warm climates like Australia and South Africa.


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