Adventurous Cookie & Drink Pairings
By Randi Sherman. Posted on August 24, 2016.
Ah, cookies. Could there be anything more comforting? The psychology of a cookie’s ability to induce calm and take us back to our ‘happy place’ is the stuff of legend. And dunking is not far behind: like a warm hug on a cold day, the added caress of a cookie, dripping with our favorite beverage, might just be akin to Prozac for some – and for others, probably a healthier and more effective alternative.
Even better – since Lenny & Larry’s is actually in the business of making good-for-you cookies, we are already at the forefront of the movement. Poised and ready to take the whole dunking concept straight to its apogee, we’ve considered a few improvements on the tried and true, and here they are for your consideration: some of our most popular flavors, complete with beverage dunking suggestions. Are you ready for adventure?
- Birthday Cake: While milk is probably the most popular go-to for dunking most cookies, why not try something a little more festive to match the theme of this awesome snack? After all, it’s a party in every bite! It’s infused with golden vanilla goodness, so we tried some homemade vanilla almond milk and it just exploded with decadence. If homemade isn’t your thing, try cashew milk: even unsweetened, its creamy richness is quite literally the icing on the cake.
- Chocolate Chip: Another classic go-to flavor in the cookie department, our chocolate chip cookies are soft in the middle and have a little caramelized crunch at the edges. Try them with some Vanilla Rooibos Tea: its earthy flavors and hint of vanilla make it this cookie’s perfect foil. Hot tip: pop it in a 350˙ oven for about a minute to take it over the moon.
- Oatmeal Raisin: Dense, hearty and toothsome, this cookie does so well in combo with a variety of flavors that it’s hard to choose just one. In the end, the hands-down winner was an extra-tall iced coffee with a shot of pure vanilla and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Ooya!
- Peanut Butter: Yes, actually, there is a wine for this: it’s an Argentinian off-dry white called Torrontes, and while it’s a bit on the sweet side, it has the kind of refreshing acidity that perfectly balances the richness of this cookie’s flavor. Best of all, it’s a value-priced wine, and widely available in the summertime, so there’s no need to hesitate! It’s five o’clock somewhere!
- Snickerdoodle: There’s something about the Snickerdoodle that makes us want to curl up with a good friend, a book, or an evening of Netflix. Pair this awesome cookie with this special version of an Irish coffee: combine ¾ oz each of Irish whisky and Bailey’s Irish cream with rich, bold roast coffee for a satisfying cookie dunk you’ll be craving for days.
- Coconut Chocolate Chip: Coconut is often a flavor descriptor in wines like viognier (that’s a grape) or in some California chardonnays. Try this cookie with a Beaulieu Vineyards chardonnay, which is blended with about 6% viognier. A little aging in new American Oak will elevate the coconut and tropical flavors to new heights. Hot tip: when dunking, be sure your chardonnay is not too cold or its flavors may be masked. Take it out of the fridge first and allow the wine to sit at room temperature for a half hour before indulging. You won’t regret it!
- Double Chocolate: Rich and chewy, these cookies are a chocoholic’s delight. It stands to reason that they should have a sweet go-with, as chocolate is notoriously difficult to pair. Try it with a sweet port wine, a late bottled vintage or tawny will do nicely. Sip, savor, and imagine yourself in a chocolate paradise.
- Lemon Poppy Seed: Lemon is the taste of summer! We love this wine with a tall cool glass of iced tea. Sweetened or not, the tea spices cast an exotic web over the flavor profile, bringing smiles for miles. If you’re looking for a neat wine pairing, try a dry riesling to bring out the fresh lemony flavors – it’s like a cool breeze on a hot summer day.
- Pumpkin Spice: We firmly believe that pumpkin spice should not be confined to just one season. Try this cookie anytime of the year with chamomile tea: the subtle, earthy, exotic and floral aspects are both light and complex, playing an award-winning supporting role to the sugar and spice of the cookie. It’s everything nice!
- White Chocolate Macadamia: Macadamia nuts are so rich, they need something with a texture to match. If you want to try something a little more adventurous, try it with cold sake (Japanese rice wine) for a real kick. There are several different types of sake, but for this pairing, seek out Ginjo-shu or Namazake style sakes, as each of these have a rich, yet delicate and complex flavor that will support the cookie without overpowering its delicate flavors.
Here’s hoping your adventures in the world of cookies and drinks are met with smiles, whoops and plenty of youthful nostalgia. Feel free to share your thoughts, comments and the results of your own personal dunking adventures right here!