Do you get excited when you hear it’s Girl Scout Cookie season?
I do. I stockpile them for the year. (Alright, they last me 4 months. If I’m lucky.)
Pairing a Girl Scout cookie with tea lets me enjoy my guilty pleasure with a healthy habit, so I figure everything evens out health-wise. Also, they’re just yummy.
In case you’re not sold on GS cookies (and let’s face it, you wouldn’t be reading this is you weren’t), there’s no better way to teach life skills and encourage young entrepreneurs than buying cookies. Just ask Wednesday Addams.
Here’s a list of tea & Girl Scout Cookie pairings to inspire you this year.
This favorite has a strong chocolatey mint combo, so it needs an equally strong tea that can hold up to its flavor. Try an Assam or an English Breakfast which are black teas with full, rich flavors.
Tagalongs (Peanut Butter Patties)
Tagalongs are my favorite. I will eat the whole box in one sitting if they’re not taken away from me. I’d suggest pairing Tagalongs with a savory tea since this one is so sweet. A South African Red Rooibos is high in antioxidants (to balance out the guilt) and has an almost tobacco aroma that adds a savory twist on this sweet classic cookie.
Do si Dos (Peanut Butter Sandwich)
These cookies aren’t quite as sweet as the PB Patties, but a savory brew such as a green or an Earl Grey allows you to enjoy the sweet flavors. Having a sweet tea with a sweet cookie is like brushing your teeth before having a glass of orange juice — blech.
These buttery toffee cookies are new this year, and they’re gluten free. Since I love toffee, I hope to spot these in Northern California. I think they’ll pair well with a slightly floral Assam like the Kanoka Orthodox; the black tea is rich enough to balance out the sweet, but its subtle floral notes will accent the toffee’s sweetness.
Lemonades & Savanah Smiles
Mmmm, lemon. Since Earl Grey has citrus notes, this black tea will compliment the citrus flavors in these lemony cookies.
Cranberry Citrus Crisps
While not my favorite GS Cookie, I think it may be improved with the right tea. A delicate floral Darjeeling or a sweet Chamomile like Francesca may improve the blandness of this cookie. (Sorry, Scouts. This cookie just isn’t my cup of tea.)
Trefoils (Shortbread) & Thanks-A-Lot
These are the go to cookies for tea. They’re not too sweet, so they won’t overpower a more delicate brew like this Honey Oolong. Shortbread cookies can also add a touch of sweetness to a black tea that has citrus notes like Earl Grey.
Caramel deLites (Samoas)
Also new to the GS cookie world is this raisin oatmeal cookie. I’m thinking this’ll pair well with any black tea because of the raisins, but I’m going to try them with a Darjeeling since this whole grain cookie will have what seems like just a touch of sweetness. I might also try this one with a sweet peppermint tea like Lucia.
Don’t forget to comment with your favorite pairings in the comments below.
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Sicilian Tea Company