What to Make and Eat While Watching Hallmark Holiday Movies
Make these treats and sweets before your next night of Hallmark Christmas movies for a perfect pairing.
Make it dinner (or dessert) and a movie with Hallmark's holiday movie Countdown to Christmas and Allrecipes favorites. From brides to bed and breakfasts, the lineup of festive flicks has something for everyone this year. As you tune into the seasonal feel-good Hallmark holiday movies, check out our recipe suggestions for snacks, meals and sweet treats that pair perfectly with the plot line — and the sweet endings.
Jingle Belle Bride
Travel along with a wedding planner to small town Alaska as she looks for a rare flower with a new love interest. While you watch, enjoy an Alaskan version of the classic Texas sheet cake. Cut up slices of this white cake version, and cheer on an unlikely romance. As the wedding planner falls in love with a local, you'll fall in love with this snowy sheet cake.
Bake it: Alaska Sheet Cake
Hallmark takes us on another trip, this time to Chateau Newhaus for a holiday with family. While the main character rediscovers her love of music and an ex-boyfriend, you can discover a love for this praline recipe. Recipe contributor MARKR loved these pralines in New Orleans and shares them with you now, too.
Make it: Pralines
One Royal Holiday
Hallmark movies with royal guests can inspire baking on and off-screen. The love story in One Royal Holiday connects a small hometown with a royal mother and son. There is love in the air and holiday baking in the kitchen. Make your own "royal icing," classic yule log, or gingerbread houses with your own family and loved ones.
Cross Country Christmas
You don't have to travel cross country to enjoy Hallmark holiday movies. Former classmates meet up in this holiday romance and have to travel cross country in a storm to be home for the holidays. When you turn on the movie, enjoy one of these slow cooker meals; start it in the morning for a warming treat. You'll only have to go to the kitchen to get dinner — no map required.
On the 12th Date of Christmas
It wouldn't be a countdown to the holidays without a 12 Days of Christmas-themed movie. This choice involves game designers and a scavenger hunt themed around the song and their dates. Join in the fun in your own kitchen with one (or 12) of these 12 Cakes of Christmas.
Bake it: The 12 Cakes of Christmas
Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater
The ugly Christmas sweater trend is destined to come back this year. Hallmark brings the fashion to a heart-warming holiday movie. A single mom and unexpected house guest bond over the holidays (and the sweaters!), so put on your favorite ugly or cute holiday sweater and enjoy some cocoa and cookies together.
Christmas in Evergreen: Bells Are Ringing
Christmas weddings may be a staple in Hallmark holiday movies, but that doesn't mean they aren't special. Celebrate with Michelle as Hannah works to launch the Evergreen Museum and maybe her own love. Ring in the new bride and the movie with some cherry bell cookies shaped like bells with a cherry "ringer."
Bake it: Cherry Bell Cookies
Christmas With the Darlings
Family at the holidays is this movie's focus. Christmas With the Darlings features a woman who thinks she's changing careers. By helping her boss's younger brother with his orphaned nieces and nephew, she finds her life has changed too. With this heart-warming Hallmark movie, make peppermint brittle and melted snowman cookies with your loved ones.
Christmas in Vienna
Violins in Vienna? Travel with Jess to see a Viennese performance, and stay to see her fall in love in this international Hallmark holiday movie. Make it dinner and a movie with some Vienna Schnitzel. Allrecipes contributor FRANKHA shares her mother's recipe for Vienna Schnitzel and that, "Both my mother and father were Viennese and grew up there."
Make it: Vienna Schnitzel
A Timeless Christmas
Hallmark adds a twist to the traditional holiday movie with a time-traveling leading man. This movie will take you from 1903 to 2020. The featured couple falls in love across time and the holidays. As you watch, bake some cookies like grandma used to make and settle in for a Christmas time-traveling romance over nearly 100 years.
Bake it: Grandma's Lace Cookies
A Nashville Christmas Carol
This holiday movie is a little bit country and a lot Hallmark. A modern twist on the old favorite, a childhood sweetheart gets visits from ghosts of Christmas past and present. As Vivienne gets her life back on track with the help of some ghostly visits, enjoy a tray of Nashville hot chicken (ghost pepper level seasoning optional).
Make it: Chef John's Nashville Hot Chicken
The Christmas House
A family Christmas means a lot in this Hallmark heart-tugging movie. Grown children gather for memories and finding family again. From a pending adoption to a reunion with a childhood sweetheart, this movie focuses on all kinds of love. Record it and watch with a plate of breakfast casserole and your loved ones (big and little.)
A Christmas Carousel
There's something magical about a carousel. A royal carousel is extra special. When royal carousels need repairs, a Hallmark romance might just ensue between prince and carousel repairwoman. Take a ride around this carousel and end up at Christmas. If you're feeling nostalgic for a carousel ride in the winter, check out our collection of carnival and fair food recipes for movie snacks.
Make it: Carnival and Fair Food Recipes
Heart of the Holidays
While this movie features a hometown holiday, it also brings high school sweethearts back together unexpectedly, a great combination at Christmas. These soft cut-out cookies are a great treat to decorate and munch on while you watch -- decorate with sugar or icing. Serve with love and frosting.
Bake it: Soft Christmas Cookies
Christmas She Wrote
There's something about a handwritten recipe that evokes nostalgia. In Hallmark holiday movie fashion, a romance writer tries to find her own special holiday. While her column gets cancelled, her family isn't, and she returns home to heal. Eventually her column and her heart find a new home. Write your own love letter to some sugar-coated pecans as a great movie-watching snack. Make extras and give as holiday gifts.
Make it: Sugar Coated Pecans
A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado
Colorado at Christmas is chilly. The initial impressions between Erin and firefighter Kevin are icy too. She needs a spruce tree off his property for the town's Christmas celebration. As you watch them battle it out into a love match, try a warming bowl of Chile Colorado (no beans). Recipe creator VARISSUL makes this chile with love for her husband.
Make it: Chile Colorado
Christmas Comes Twice
Do you ever think about the one that got away? In this movie, Emily loves her career but wonders about her love from five years before. Her ride on the Christmas carnival carousel takes her back five years for a second try. What happens when she returns to Christmas present? You'll have to watch and find out if Christmas does indeed come twice! While you wait for the ending, enjoy some twice baked potatoes.
Make it: Ultimate Twiced Baked Potatoes
Good Morning Christmas!
Recipe creator M.K. Meredith reminisces about this breakfast casserole: "My mom has always made this for us on Christmas morning, and since we only have it once a year it makes it even more good. It is so delicious, and everyone enjoys it!" You'll love this Hallmark movie that features a small town festival with TV hosts that start out competing and end up in love (with each other and the town.)
Christmas by Starlight
What is more lovely than Christmas by brilliant starlight? A Hallmark small town restaurant saved at the last minute! Watch as a lawyer saves the town and her heart. Bake and nibble on some starlight mint surprise cookies as you cheer on the restaurant and the new couple for great holiday fun.
Bake it: Starlight Mint Surprise Cookie
Five Star Christmas
There's no holiday cookie critique but in this Hallmark movie, the heroine and her family try to save their B&B with a 5-star travel critic review. She falls in love with the critic and he falls in love with her and the B&B. You'll love these festive sandwich cookies with a strawberry jam star center and green sprinkles to celebrate the holiday.
Bake it: Christmas Stars
Dance into a cancelled Christmas wedding and love match with a dance instructor in this Hallmark holiday treat. In honor of weddings and holidays, these classic Italian wedding cookies look like snowballs and are the perfect accompaniment to a holiday romance movie. Bake them together and serve up a stack of snowy cookies on your favorite holiday tray.
Bake it: Italian Wedding Cookies III
If I Only Had Christmas
If only you had a Christmas gift loaf! Bake up some loaves for yourself, family, and friends. Filled with warm spices, walnuts, and chocolate chips, this hearty bread is finished off with a yummy icing glaze. Double the recipe and package up loaves to share. After you pull the warm sweet bread out of the oven, gather together to watch an unlikely couple join to help a charity in this holiday romance.
Bake it: Christmas Gift Loaf
Love, Nights, Hanukkah!
Closing out the 2020 Hallmark holiday movies is a Hanukkah-themed special. When Christina discovers her family is Jewish, she also encounters a new romance over the traditional eight nights of the holiday. As you watch, discover Allrecipes traditional Hanukkah menu recipes and fall in love with some new (or old) favorites.
Make it: A Traditional Menu for Hanukkah
This story originally appeared on Allrecipes.