Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Everything in the city is lined with twinkle lights, Christmas music is blaring in every retail store (super win when it’s NSYNC’s Home for the Holidays album) and people tend to be happy all around. The holiday brings about old traditions, one of which is baking Christmas cookies with friends or family.
Growing up, my Mom, sister and I would dedicate a day to make dozens of spritz cookies, mainly because they are one of the easiest cookies to make and stretch for a crowd. I looked forward to my mom loading the cookie gun (because I couldn’t be bothered to get my hands dirty or risk them getting stained by the red and green food coloring) and, from there, firing little tiny gingerbread men onto a cookie sheet and decorating them like a regular Picasso. There was always an artistic vision to my cookie making.
It wasn’t until two years ago that I attended one of the holiday’s most cherished events: the cookie exchange. One of my girlfriends, known for being the hostess with the most-est type, invited me over for an afternoon of sipping bubbly and bartering in cookies. It was a ton of fun, as one could imagine. You could easily tell who the bakers in the group were because the cookie detailing far surpassed my baking 101 skill level. None the less, old-school cookie favorites never go out of style and novelty cookies pique interest, which is why I’ve put together a great mix of holiday treat recipes across skill levels.
So, whether you’re baking for the office, your family or the upcoming cookie exchange, here are a few tasty recipes to help your batch stand out in the crowd. Want to really impress this year? Take your cookie exchange to the next level and turn it into a wine tasting event! I’ve paired each of these recipes with a wine varietal or two. Make sure to work your way to the bottom of the post for the Christmas cookie and wine pairing infographic so your pairings are on point!
Pairs Well With…an oaked Chardonnay. Why? The creaminess of the oaked Chardonnay (versus an unoaked Chardonnay) will bring forth all the best flavors of the cookie, especially since they aren’t frosted. I love the butterscotch notes in oaked Chardonnay, so why not highlight those in the cookie, too?
Pairs Well With… Riesling, but one that leans on the dryer versus sweet side. Dry Riesling still holds a lot of flavor without being overly fruit forward, enough to cut through and supplement the strong flavor of a ginger or molasses cookie.
Pairs Well With… Cuvee sparkling wine to bring out the creamy richness in both the cookie and wine. Macaron pairings should be tailored to the flavor of the macaron when possible. When in doubt, unless it’s a chocolate macaron, pair with something white or sparkling.
Pairs Well With… Prosecco. Like frosting is to sugar cookies, bubbles are to wine – at least in this case. They are a little something extra without stealing the show.
Pairs Well With… Pinot Noir or, if you want to up your pairing game, Bonarda. (I’ll be dropping a Bonarda wine piece soon. Mark my words, it will be your new favorite wine.) This specific recipe doesn’t call for dark chocolate chips so something on the fruitier and less dry side will be a nice accompaniment.
Pairs Well With… Bubbles! Since these dreamy desserts lean rich, a nice, crisp bubbly like a brut pair well together.
Pairs Well With… Port. The richness of both the port and peanut butter make this an already great pairing. When you add the salt from the nut butter and the sweetness from the port, you get a great sweet-salty combo – and we know how big of a hit that ends up being!
Christmas Cookie & Wine Pairing Infographic
Click on this infographic to pin it to your Pinterest board! Happy holidays!
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