Forget milk and cookies. When you shell out $5 for a box of tasty Girl Scout cookies, you’ve earned the right to enjoy a handful (or more) after the kids go to bed. Better yet, why not pair off your evening snack with a nice glass of wine? Ah, but which wine goes best with which cookie? Before you open every bottle in your wine fridge, we already did the heavy drinking—er, lifting—for you.

Here are the best Girl Scout cookie and wine pairings, as tested by us.

Thin Mints

While Thin Mints are the reigning champion when it comes to cookie sales, they are one of the most difficult cookies to pair with wine, all because of that delicious chocolate and mint flavor combo. If you really must pair these with anything other than milk, make it a sweet dessert wine like a Sherry or Muscat. Not a fan of sweet wines? Go for a softer red like a Merlot or Syrah.

Samoas & Caramel deLites

As the most decadent cookie in the Girl Scout collection, the Samoa or Caramel deLite should be paired with an equally sweet and rich wine. Pour a glass of of dessert wine like a Tawny Port to go with this caramel, coconut and chocolate confection and you’ll be in dessert heaven.

Tagalongs & Peanut Butter Patties

A rich, full-bodied glass of Cabernet Sauvignon is essentially the wine version of this popular well-rounded cookie. Combining sweet berries with savory notes, a cab sav is the perfect complement to the Girl Scouts' tasty marriage of chocolate and peanut butter.

Trefoils & Shortbread

Compared to the rest of the assortment, the oldest of the Girl Scout Cookie offerings may seem plain, but when paired with wine, the sweetness of these buttery vanilla shortbreads shines through. Pair them with a Moscato or a Riesling to really bring out their vanilla notes.

Do-si-Dos & Peanut Butter Sandwiches

Pair these salty, sweet peanut butter cookies with a soft, fruity red like a Merlot, Shiraz or Pinot Noir for the perfect balance.

Girl Scout S'mores

What’s more summery than roasting s’mores over a campfire? And the only wine that absolutely screams summer fun is Rosé. A light, sparkly glass of the blush-colored wine, or even a Sparkling Rosé, pairs perfectly with this sandwich cookie. If you're snacking on the chocolate-coated variety of this Girl Scout cookie, opt for a sweet dessert wine like a Port or Sherry.

Lemonades & Lemon-Ups

The light, lemony goodness of these crispy cookies pairs perfectly with a citrusy, but sweet dessert wine like Riesling.

Toffee-Tastic & Caramel Chocolate Chip

These gluten-free cookie varieties have a mild, not-too-sweet flavor with a biscotti-like texture that pairs well with a creamy, nutty white wine, like a Chardonnay and Viognier. If you're really feeling the biscotti vibe, try dipping it in a dessert wine like a Ruby Port.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: iStock



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