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

Sugar Cookie Mittens
Credit: Gooseberry Patch

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

Chewy Molasses Cookies
Credit: Alison Miksch; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Because we all know elves try to stick to the four major food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup.

Christmas Vacation


Pairs with: Eggnog Cookies

Credit: Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall and Kady Wohlfarth; Prop Styling: Kay Clarke

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

Sugar Cookies
Credit: Lucas Allen

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.

White Christmas

Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

Snow isn’t in the forecast for you this Christmas? These sparkly cookies are the next best thing.

Home Alone


Pairs with: Light Bulb Sugar Cookies

Light Bulb Sugar Cookies
Credit: Greg DuPree

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

Christmas Cutout Cookies
Credit: Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall and Kady Wohlfarth; Prop Styling: Kay Clarke

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.

Love Actually


Pairs with: Milk and Gingerbead Cookie Shots

EC: Get Santa (Sugar) High on Milk and Gingerbread Cookie Shots
Credit: All Photos by Teresa Sabga

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.

Die Hard


Pairs with: Snickerdoodles

Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

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.

The Holiday


Pairs with: Raspberry Linzer Cookies

Raspberry Linzer Cookies
Credit: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

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

Halloween Spider Cookies
Credit: Sara Tane

Because Halloween ain’t over until you say it’s over.

The Santa Clause


Pairs with: Santa Hat Meringues

Red Velvet Santa Hat Meringues
Credit: Greg DuPree

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.