Milk & cookies aren’t the only OPTIONS…

Ah, Christmas cookies and wine! What a delightful way to celebrate the season. But fear not, finding the Christmas cookie wine pairing doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Here are some tips to guide you with your holiday pairing this season.

Balance Sweetness: Generally, your wine should be sweeter than the cookie to avoid the wine tasting harsh.

Consider Texture: Lighter, crumbly cookies call for lighter wines like Riesling or Pinot Grigio, while dense, chewy cookies like gingerbread can handle bolder options like Zinfandel.

Think About Flavors: Match the main flavor profiles of the cookie with the wine. Fruity cookies pair well with fruit-forward wines, for spicy cookies pair with wines that have a bit of spice, and chocolate cookies with richer wines like Port or fortified Marsala.

Christmas cookie wine pairings
Photo by Elaine Schoch

Sugar Cookies + Riesling

A sweet Riesling with high acidity also works nicely as it cuts through the sugar.

Butter Cookies + Chardonnay

I love butter so Chardonnay is a winner as it brings out more of the butter in your cookie.

Gingerbread + So Many Options

Riesling again works well, or try a Gewürztraminer with similar spicy notes. However, if you want to opt for a red, Zinfandel would work too.

Peppermint Bark + Zin

Zinfandel with its fruitiness and hint of pepper complements the chocolate and peppermint perfectly.

Shortbread + Chardonnay

Chardonnay’s buttery and nutty notes go beautifully with the buttery richness of shortbread.

Chocolate Chip Cookie wine pairings
Photo by Elaine Schoch

Chocolate Chip Cookies + Go RED

For milk chocolate chip cookies, go red. Try a sweeter Pinot Noir or Beaujolais Nouveau. For dark chocolate, go for a bold Cabernet Sauvignon or Port.

Don’t be afraid to experiment! Sometimes, the most unexpected combinations work best. Remember to relax and have fun! Christmas is a time for enjoyment, so don’t stress about getting the perfect pairing. Just enjoy the cookies and the wine.

Elaine Schoch

Elaine N. Schoch

Elaine Schoch (pronounced the German way – Shock) is the editor and founder of Carpe Travel as well as an award-winning travel writer, wine judge, certified by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 and certified American Wine Expert. She is married to The Husband and has two kids, Princess One and Two – who’s interest and knowledge in wine is quite extensive. Not to mention the stamps in their passports.