The pairing guide you never knew you needed.
Yeah, OK, gingerbread is wonderful and delicious and perfect in every way. But it’s not the only Christmas cookie, and that’s something we as a society need to understand. Similarly, there’s more than one Christmas movie: We don’t watch Elf every day of December like we’re living in some sort of festive Groundhog Day. No, there are dozens of holiday films that deserve our attention, love, and respect. Don’t do yourself a disservice this year—perfectly pair your movies and cookies for the ideal warm and cozy experience:
A Christmas Story
Pairs with: Sugar Cookie Mittens
These mitten-shaped cookies are the perfect way to honor that iconic moment in cinematic history when Randy Parker uttered those five immortal words: “I can’t put my arms down!”
Pairs with: Chewy Molasses Cookies
Because we all know elves try to stick to the four major food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup.
Pairs with: Eggnog Cookies
These festive cookies will make you the jolliest a**hole this side of the nuthouse.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Pairs with: Perfect Sugar Cookies
It’s a Wonderful Life is widely considered the best Christmas movie of all time, so it deserves an equally esteemed cookie. Take one bite, and you’ll instantly see why this is one of our highest rated recipes.
Pairs with: Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies
Snow isn’t in the forecast for you this Christmas? These sparkly cookies are the next best thing.
Pairs with: Light Bulb Sugar Cookies
This isn’t talked about enough, but the McCallisters really gave the Griswolds a run for their money when it came to holiday decorating.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Pairs with: Christmas Tree Cookies
Whether you’re loyal to the 1966 cartoon or Jim Carrey’s live action version (we won’t speak of the Ryan Reynolds abomination currently in theatres), these cookies will make you feel like a bona fide Who.
Pairs with: Milk and Gingerbead Cookie Shots
Fact No. 1: You don’t have to put milk in these cookie cups. Any liquid will do. Fact No. 2: Love Actually is infinitely better when you are drunk.
Do with that what you will.
Pairs with: Snickerdoodles
We recently reported that snickerdoodles might be German in origin, so it’s a natural assumption that they’re Hans Gruber’s favorite cookies. Enjoy.
Pairs with: Raspberry Linzer Cookies
Linzer cookies aren’t technically British, but they’re similar enough to jammy dodgers to earn this coveted spot.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Pairs with: Spider Cookies
Because Halloween ain’t over until you say it’s over.
The Santa Clause
Pairs with: Santa Hat Meringues
If you ignore the incredibly upsetting first 20 minutes of this film—in which our hero literally murders Santa—this is just an innocent story about the magic of Christmas. Celebrate accordingly with these sweet meringues.