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Wines to Pair with Girls Scout Cookies

girl scout cookies

Have you had your fill of Girl Scout cookies yet? I hope not! This is a time-honored tradition that only comes around once a year so it’s best to stop fighting it and just enjoy!

Whether you are selling or buying Girl Scout cookies, you have probably already stocked up on your favorites.

Since my daughter is selling this year, I have my stash locked away in my pantry. But this year I decided to do something different with my cookies.  I ditched the milk for my favorite wines and conducted an un-official taste-test.   And since I love wine, I decided to find out which Wines to Pair with Girl Scout cookies.

And I’m happy to report, no calories were consumed in this taste-test :)!

girl scout cookies

Being a very un-official taste-test, I decided to pick 5 of my favorite Girl Scout cookies and 5 different types of wines I already had in my home.

The wines included:

  • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (white, dessert wine with a hint of butter)(2013)
  • Kendal Jackson Chardonnay (2011)
  • De la Montana Pinot Noir (2013)
  • Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon (2013)
  • Robert Mondavi Private Selection Merlot (2014)

girl scout cookies trefoils

I started with the one cookie that I thought would go with the most wines….the Trefoil. This cookie is by far our most popular seller this year. It’s the shortbread of all shortbreads (in the Girl Scout world anyway).

I thought it tested best with my two whites — no surprise there.

The buttery taste of the Pinot Grigio elevated this shortbread cookie to another level. It offered a little sweetness to this simple cookie.

The reason I loved the Pinot with the Trevoil is the same reason I enjoyed the Chardonnay.  It was a good mix of a plain cookie with the sweet fruit taste of a white wine.

girl scout cookies samoas

I have a problem!  I’m addicted to Samoas! This has become my favorite Girl Scout cookie. It gives you the perfect combination of dark chocolate, caramel, coconut and cookie!

This one was easy for me! I loved the boldness of the Merlot with this cookie. And with a hint of fruit in the wine, it added another flavor to the already busy cookie. I also liked the Cab with this cookie but that is no surprise since I love red wine and chocolate period!

girl scout cookies thin mints

I thought I was going to like the dark red wines with the Thin Mints but I really favored the lighter wines with this cookie.

If I had to narrow it down to just two, I would pick the Pinot Noir and the Pinot Grigio. The mint really elevated these wines way better than the Merlot and Cab.

girl scout cookies tagalongs

This is the one that really surprised me. I wasn’t sure how the peanut butter would taste with any of these wines. I didn’t expect to like any of the wines with the Tagalongs or Dosidos, but I did.

Again the Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio were my favorites with this cookie. Both wines were light enough to allow the peanut butter to stand out. But the mix of peanut butter, chocolate and wine was magical!

girl scout cookies dosidoes

Finally, my favorite cookie as a kid — the Dosidos.

I would eat these with a large glass of cold milk — it was perfection! But I think adding wine, gave this a completely different flavor.

I really liked this with the red wine — both the Pinot Noir and Cab. Maybe it’s the heavy flavor of the peanut butter and the tannins or bitterness of the wine that made this a perfect pairing in my eyes.

Whatever wines you choose to have with your Girl Scout cookies, you can’t go wrong.

Supporting the Girls Scouts is a wonderful thing and thank all of you for doing so!

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As a married-mother of two, Chris understands the demand on all families when it comes to dinner-time. She started her food blog, Burnt Macaroni, because she wanted to make that process easier for her family and others. Follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram as she teaches herself and her kids how to cook!

32 Comments

  • Cara
    01.22.16 at 8:21 am

    Girl Scout Cookies are the best! Never thought to have them with wine, but I’m sure that’s excellent as well!

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    • Chris
      01.22.16 at 11:55 am

      It was sooo good Cara — I highly suggest trying it!

      Reply
  • candy
    01.22.16 at 8:45 am

    This caught my eye, I laughed because I would have never thought about which wine to eat with girl scout cookies. This is great.

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    • Chris
      01.22.16 at 11:55 am

      Hi Candy — it was a tough job but someone had to do it!

      Reply
  • Monroe Bishop
    01.22.16 at 9:17 am

    Samoas! are my absolute favorite hands down!!!! Merlot would be perfect given the sweetness of the cook. Love it

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    • Chris
      01.22.16 at 11:54 am

      They are my favorite too Monroe! The flavors really work well together!

      Reply
  • Cait
    01.22.16 at 9:43 am

    Wine + Girl Scout Cookies is my kind of pairing!

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    • Chris
      01.22.16 at 11:54 am

      Cait — the best EVER!

      Reply
  • Kari
    01.22.16 at 10:36 am

    This had to have been the greatest taste test of all time! The hotel where my bridesmaids and I got ready had girl scout cookie themed martinis paired with girl scout cookies. We had so much fun with that!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

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    • Chris
      01.22.16 at 11:53 am

      Kari this was the best taste test EVER! You would be amazed at how good these cookies are with wine!

      Reply
  • Chris- I love this post and am so glad to find you via Grow Your Blog. This is perfect in time for Girl Scout Cookie season. I mean…. while I’m packing on the cookie calories, might as well throw some wine in there while I’m at it. I will be sharing this post in the coming days on my blog’s Facebook page. Cheers! xo

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    • Chris
      01.22.16 at 11:53 am

      Thanks so much Jennifer! I had way too much fun doing this experiment!

      Reply
  • Denay DeGuzman
    01.22.16 at 2:28 pm

    Pairing wine with Girl Scout Cookies is so darn clever! I love it. My favorite Girl Scout Cookie is the Thin Mint. My husband’s favorite are the Samoas. Next time I’m ready to dip my cookies in milk I will think of you and this awesome post. Then I’ll dip away and smile! 🙂

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    • Chris
      01.22.16 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks Denay — you will love it! Let me know what you think:)

      Reply
  • The Southern Thing
    01.22.16 at 3:49 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had wine with girl scout cookies. I bet that’s good!

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    • Chris
      01.22.16 at 8:13 pm

      Its really good Dara — you need to try it:)

      Reply
  • Two of my favorite things! Girl Scout Cookies and wine, I don’t know what gets much better than that.

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    • Chris
      01.22.16 at 8:13 pm

      I agree Missy!

      Reply
  • Les @ The Balanced Berry
    01.22.16 at 11:51 pm

    This post is brilliant! Who doesn’t love girl scout cookies and wine? I would have never thought of putting them together, but I need to asap. I too, am addicted to samoas – they are just the best!

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    • Chris
      01.25.16 at 8:10 am

      Thanks Les — it was really fun to put together:)

      Reply
  • Chelsea
    01.23.16 at 1:06 am

    Girl Scouts are the only thing in my house that run out faster than wine… so doing this pairing smackdown at home would be so much fun!

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    • Chris
      01.25.16 at 8:11 am

      It was fun Chelsea!

      Reply
  • Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife
    01.23.16 at 1:20 am

    This is brilliant! Samoas are my favorite too and I could see them going so well with your suggestions!

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    • Chris
      01.25.16 at 8:11 am

      It was surprisingly good Marlynn!

      Reply
  • THIS IS WHAT I NEED IN MY LIFE!!! Probably one of the best posts I’ve come across in awhile!

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    • Chris
      01.25.16 at 8:11 am

      Thanks Amber — it was so much fun to do.

      Reply
  • Mimi Rose
    01.24.16 at 1:31 pm

    This is the best idea EVER!! I love girl scout cookies, especially tagalongs. Looks like I’ll have to break out the Pinot Grigio and stock up on my favorite girl scout cookies soon. 🙂

    Reply
    • Chris
      01.25.16 at 8:12 am

      You won’t regret it Mimi — enjoy!

      Reply
  • angie
    01.24.16 at 3:32 pm

    So fun! I love the idea of pairing wine and girl scout cookies.

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    • Chris
      01.25.16 at 8:13 am

      You should try it Angie — its so good:)

      Reply
  • Lana @ The Joy Blog
    01.25.16 at 1:48 pm

    I love that you did this post. I never would’ve thought to do a pairing with Girl Scout cookies. PS… thin mints taste best frozen. Pop them in the freezer, you won’t regret it!

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    • Chris
      01.29.16 at 8:13 am

      Thanks Lana — I agree!

      Reply

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