Recipes: 6 Flavored Milks and the 6 Cookies Perfect for Dunking

Simple treats — like peanut butter and jelly — are often the best. A little bit of nostalgia is combined with a flavor pairing that hardly ever leaves a sour taste in your mouth. The same can be said for sweets and desserts — like milk and cookies. But all classics need an update every now and then, and when you want milk and cookies 2.0, you need to add flavored milk to your recipe repertoire. Flavored milks are easy to make at home, and can be a sweet treat that gets kids to drink milk. Delia Hammock, M.S., R.D. said to Good Housekeeping that flavored milk is a better choice when it comes to a sweetened beverage to give to kids since it has vitamins, nutrients, and minerals important to health. Hammock did warn the drinks come with more calories and sugar, and advised using low-fat milk. But it isn’t all about the kids. Check out the following six milks, each paired with their own cookie, that will be please kids, adults, and anyone in between.

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1. Coffee Milk

Rhode Island has been proving that flavored milk isn’t just for the kids since the 1930s. According to What’s Cooking America, that is when coffee milk was introduced by drugstores and diners who wanted to attract new customers. The drink had staying power, and in 1993 was named “The Official State Drink of Rhode Island.” Residents of the 49 other states in the union can try this concoction out at home by mixing Emeril Lagasse’s coffee syrup with cold milk.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups strong coffee
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions: In a small saucepan heat coffee just to simmering. Stir in sugar and vanilla and simmer 8 minutes, stirring until sugar dissolves; cool before using.

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2. Espresso Cookies

Food Network‘s espresso cookies will be the boost you need to deal with the kids’ sugar rush, so double up on coffee flavorings by enjoying your coffee milk with some coffee cookies. You’ll get about 2 dozen cookies out of the recipe below, perfect for sharing with other adults at a play date or for a late night snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 13/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Cream the butter with the sugars using an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy, approximately 30 seconds. Beat in the egg, and the vanilla extract for another 30 seconds. In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture at low speed for about 15 seconds. Stir in the espresso coffee powder and chocolate chips.

Using a 1-ounce scoop or a 2-tablespoon measure, drop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out into a 2-inch circle. Bake for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges. Bake a little longer for a crispier cookie. Serve warm with a glass of milk.

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3. Strawberry Milk

All that caffeine will have you ready to make the kids homemade strawberry milk. Like the coffee milk, the recipe comes together using a syrup, this time from AllRecipes.com.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups quartered strawberries

Directions: Combine water and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat; stir until sugar is dissolved. Mix strawberries into saucepan and bring to a boil; boil for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until strawberries are mushy and sauce is thick, about 10 minutes. Strain liquid into a bottle and refrigerate.

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4. Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Instead of chocolate covered strawberries, you’ll have strawberry covered chocolate cookies if you make this recipe from Food.com and dip the cookies in your strawberry milk. It makes around 54 cookies, and if coffee cookies and coffee milk is too much for you, take inspiration from mocha flavored treats and enjoy your milk with chocolate cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In large mixer bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; gradually blend into creamed mixture. Stir in peanut butter or chocolate chips.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-9 minutes. (Do not overbake. The cookies will be soft, puffing while baking and flattening as they cool.) Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet onto wire rack. Cool completely.

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5. Vanilla Almond Milk

“Milk” doesn’t always have to be “milk,” and for people who avoid dairy, About‘s vanilla almond milk provides flavor-fun for the lactose free set. The homemade milk can be stored in the fridge for three to four days.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • water for soaking nuts
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 dates
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions: Soak the almonds in water overnight or for at least 6 hours. Drain the water from the almonds and discard. Blend the 3 cups of water, almonds, dates, and vanilla until well-blended and almost smooth. Strain the blended almond mixture using a cheesecloth or other strainer.

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6. Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Stay on the dairy-free track with your baking and make the vegan chocolate chip cookies from Vegan Housewives. The recipe makes about a dozen cookies, and if you wanted to infuse a little vanilla into the cookies, you could use your vanilla almond milk.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • 3/4 cup Earth Balance Buttery Spread
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cream the coconut butter, Earth Balance, sugar, almond milk, and vanilla until it is creamy and smooth. In a separate bowl, add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and whisk to combine.

Add the butter-sugar mixture to the flour mixture and stir until ingredients are combined. Add the chocolate chips and stir again until they are thoroughly mixed in. Take 1 heaping tablespoon at a time and place on a baking sheet a couple of inches apart from one another. Press down slightly with a spoon. Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.

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7. Banana Milk

Strawberry milk isn’t the only way to sneak fruit into a milk-based beverage. Banana milk is another great way to add more nutrients to milk, like potassium and vitamins B6 and C. To see for yourself how delicious banana milk can be, try this recipe from Taste of Home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash ground cinnamon, optional

Directions: Place the first four ingredients in a blender; cover and process until smooth. Pour into glasses; sprinkle with cinnamon if desired. Serve immediately.

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8. Peanut Butter Cookies

Bananas and chocolate is always a winning combination, but if you want another option, consider drinking your banana milk with a side of peanut butter cookies. Land O’Lakes has an easy, top notch recipe that will make about 36 cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Sugar

Directions: Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine brown sugar, butter, and peanut butter in bowl. Beat on medium speed until well mixed. Add egg and vanilla; continue beating until well-mixed. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat at low speed until well mixed.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets; flatten balls in criss-cross pattern with fork dipped in sugar. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

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9. Salted Chocolate Milk

You have your go-to way of making chocolate milk, but every now and then, it is good to try something different. For a new take on your glass of chocolate milk, follow this Food Network recipe for salted chocolate milk.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 cups cold milk
  • Kosher salt

Directions: To make the chocolate syrup, combine the sugar and 1/3 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then whisk in the cocoa powder until smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Let cool completely. Spoon about 2 1/2 tablespoons of the chocolate syrup into each glass. Add 1 1/2 cups milk and a generous pinch of salt. Stir until the syrup and salt dissolve.

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10. Double Vanilla Sugar Cookies

For a salty sweet combination from your milk and cookies, make vanilla sugar cookies. The double vanilla sugar cookies from Baking Bites will add another layer of contrast to your rich chocolate milk. The recipe makes approximately 3.5 dozen cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup vanilla sugar, for finishing

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract until well-combined.

With the mixer on low speed, gradually incorporate the flour mixture until the dough comes together and no streaks of dry ingredients remain. Pour vanilla sugar into a shallow bowl or small dish. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in vanilla sugar. Place sugar-coated dough onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes, until cookies are set and very light golden around the edges. Allow to cool for 3-4 minutes on baking sheets, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

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11. Peanut Butter Milk

Peanut butter lovers watch out, you have a new way to take in your favorite food: milk. But don’t blame us for this addicting addition to your life, The Loveless Cafe is responsible for this recipe, which will have you sipping away your pb cravings.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 cups milk

Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Chill well before serving.

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12. Snickerdoodle Cookies

No peanut butter and jelly pairing? Nope, not today. Instead try your peanut butter milk with a side of snickerdoodle cookies. AllRecipes.com has the snickerdoodle solution, and the recipe makes 4 dozen cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cream together butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the eggs, and the vanilla. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, soda, and salt. Shape dough by rounded spoonfuls into balls. Mix the 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls of dough in mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard. Remove immediately from baking sheets.

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