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18 Cookie and Wine Pairings to Try This Holiday Season

We love sitting down with our favorite Christmas cookies and a glass of milk, but sometimes we want to get into the holiday spirit(s). Try these sweet wine pairings for a new kind of treat.

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Wine pairing: Merlot

Red wine and chocolate make for a perfect pair. Why not couple a holiday favorite along with a favorite red for a special treat?

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Italian Sugar Cookies

Wine pairing: Pinot Grigio

This sweet Italian wine deserves to be paired with a sweet Italian dessert. A refreshing white wine brings out some of the subtle flavors of this delicate cookie.

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Cherry Kiss Cookies

Wine pairing: Zinfandel

Zinfandel is one of our favorite sweet red wines. Its subtle fruity notes are a perfect match for delectable Cherry Kiss Cookies.

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Wine pairing: Chardonnay

A delicious, buttery shortbread tastes better when paired with a buttery wine like Chardonnay. It can also bring out some of the warm vanilla notes in the shortbread.

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Meringue Cookies

Meringue Cookies

Wine pairing: Rosé

Light and airy cookies like meringues are a great match for a sweet, easy-drinking rosé.

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Wine pairing: Pinot Noir

Licorice-like anise is what gives pfeffernuesse their signature flavor. An assertive cookie like this needs a strong, bold wine like Pinot Noir to make it sing.

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Sugar Cookies

Wine pairing: Prosecco

Who doesn’t love a glass of bubbly? Try it alongside sweet sugar cookies for a fun and festive Christmas treat.

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Peppermint Meltaways

Wine pairing: Cabernet Sauvignon

A strong flavor like peppermint can easily overwhelm subtly flavored wines. For a good pairing, try minty cookies with a full-bodied red like Cabernet. While red wines typically do well with chocolate, they are a good match for herbal mint flavors, too.

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Wine pairing: Riesling

Slightly sweet with a clean finish, a light, dry Riesling is the perfect partner for this all-time favorite Christmas cookie. These two simple (yet delicious) treats are a match made in heaven.

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Chocolate Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Wine pairing: Malbec

This red wine’s jammy flavors marry so well with raspberry filling. Plus, red wine and chocolate are always a winning combination, making this pair a real treat.

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Fig-Filled Cookies

Wine pairing: Shiraz and Syrah

On Christmas we might sing about figgy pudding, but these cookies are more our style! Shiraz wines typically have bold fruity flavors with a few spicy notes that marry perfectly with the figs in these cookies. Shriraz and Syrah also go well with oatmeal raisin cookies for your post-holiday pairings.

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Wine pairing: Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is a light and refreshing wine, but its slightly drier taste is what compliments the spice so well. We think it’s only natural to try it with one of our favorite cinnamon cookies!

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Raspberry Rugelach

Wine pairing: Moscato

Moscato is known for it’s crisp, sweet taste, which makes it an excellent dessert wine—no matter which cookie you serve. But it’s bright bouquet really works well with fruit-filled treats like these rugelach.

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Wine pairing: Sherry

We love sweet sherry and how it pairs so well with many flavors. However its sugary and honey notes work great with spicy gingerbread. We think sherry would be great with molasses cookies, too!

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Lemon Spritz

Wine pairing: Sancerre

We love sweet and citrusy lemon spritz. We love them even more paired with a rich wine like Sancerre. This white wine helps to cut this cookie’s sweetness while accentuating that beautiful lemon flavor.

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Pecan Sandies

Wine pairing: Madeira

Madeira wine has a slight nutty taste to it which makes it a perfect match for this classic pecan cookie. Also, as a red wine, it can help cut a little bit of the sweetness.

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Linzer Cookies

Wine pairing: Gewürztraminer

A German Wine with a German cookie–this pairing is almost too obvious! But Gewürztraminer’s light, aromatic taste makes it a terrific match for fruit-filled Linzers.

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Wine pairing: White Zinfandel

The brightness of the white Zinfandel cuts through the rich creaminess of this cookie, while its fruity notes really help those fillings shine.

Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa is also dedicated to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.