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Cookies and milk are a classic combination. They go together like peanut butter and jelly, burgers and fries, and…well, cookies and milk. And while a glass of whole milk paired with a warm chocolate chip cookie will always reign supreme, sometimes you want to switch things up. Or you’re lactose intolerant. Either way, there’s a cookie milk combo for everyone. Below, some ideas. Trust us when we say, Santa will thank you.

Chocolate Milk and Peanut-Covered Peanut Butter Cookie Slabs

Chocolate and peanut butter: another classic combo. These little morsels are practically made for dunking, too. Get our Peanut-Covered Peanut Butter Cookie Slabs recipe.

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Strawberry Milk and Crackly Sugar Cookies

Is there anything more nostalgic than strawberry milk? It’s super sweet and takes you right back to being a kid and not worrying about stuff like cavities. It should only be paired with a cookie that can match its sugar factor like these buttery wunderkinds. Get our Crackly Sugar Cookies recipe.

Eggnog and Super-Sized Ginger Chewies

It is FINALLY time for eggnog! If you’re like us and always open up the first carton of eggnog for dessert on Thanksgiving, then pairing a cookie with this thick, holiday-only life milk makes total sense. Since eggnog goes great with holiday spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, try these ginger-packed sugar bombs. Get our Super-Sized Ginger Chewies recipe.

Almond Milk and Chocolate-Drizzled Coconut Macaroons


While it sounds like a tough recipe to tackle, these coconut macaroons are a no-brainer (and surprisingly doable). The coconut pairs amazingly well with the nuttiness of almond milk and—depending on the kind of chocolate you melt down to drizzle over the top—the recipe is dairy-free. Get our Chocolate-Drizzled Coconut Macaroons recipe.

Coconut Milk and Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

These chocolate morsels dusted in powdered sugar taste like a brownie-cookie hybrid from the sugar gods, and the slight bitterness from the cocoa cuts the strength of the coconut flavor of this non-dairy pleaser. Get our Chocolate Crinkle Cookies recipe.

Soy Milk and Shortbread Lemon Bars

Shortbread Lemon Bars

This one may seem a little odd, but there’s actual science behind this, trust us. Unflavored soy milk is slightly bitter. It doesn’t exactly have the natural richness or sweetness that you’d find in regular dairy milk. So, if you’re looking for a cookie to go with a more bitter milk, you have to cut the bitterness with either a sour, tart, or sweet component. Luckily, these lemon bars have it all. Get our Shortbread Lemon Bars recipe.

Rice Milk and Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

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Rice milk is perfect for people with extreme allergies, as it’s free of dairy, soy, and nuts. Surprisingly, it’s sweet like regular dairy milk, but it’s just a little more watery in consistency. Because it’s so sweet, you’ll want a tart cookie to balance it out. This gluten and dairy-free option does just that, and might eliminate any residual guilt. Get Prevention’s Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies recipe.

Banana Milk and Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies with Ganache

Let’s face it—banana is a strong flavor. So, when coming up with a cookie to go with this strange-ish dairy alt, we couldn’t decide what goes better with bananas: chocolate or peanut butter. Luckily, Chowhound has a recipe for a cookie that’s equal parts both. This is a dessert fit for The King! (Seriously, Elvis Presley loved bananas. That was a whole thing.) Get our Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies with Ganache recipe.

White Russian and Gluten-Free Almond Crinkle Cookies

Since the White Russian tends to be on the sweeter side so the cookie you pair with it should be nutty. This gluten-free almond crinkle cookie works well with a creamy cocktail. And if you want a bit of a mocha flavor, drizzle some dark chocolate on top. Get our Gluten-Free Almond Crinkle Cookies recipe.

Irish Cream and Double Chocolate Mocha Cookies

Irish cream goes great with coffee and chocolate cake, so why not put both of those flavors in a cookie to dunk right into a glass of Irish cream on the rocks? Get our Double Chocolate Mocha Cookies recipe.

Bourbon-Spiked Eggnog and Vermont Maple Cookies

Everyone knows the best way to drink eggnog is with a slug of bourbon. Everyone should also know that Bourbon goes great with maple and nuts, so it’s a good thing these Vermont maple cookies are chock full of both. Get Complete Recipes’ Vermont Maple Cookies recipe.

For even more sweet inspiration, see The Best Dessert Recipes of 2018, as picked by the Chowhound community.

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