They say that there’s no place like home for the holidays, and that could not be more true. With all the great streaming services at your disposal nowadays—I see you, Disney+ — it’s more appealing to stay inside than ever. But no binge watching session is complete without all the sweets and drinks you can find, and for the holidays, hot drinks and cookies are the best way to go. So relax, grab your fuzzy blanket, and get to watching everything Hallmark with these easy, delicious recipes and movie recommendations.
Movie: The Polar Express
Cookie: White Chocolate Chip
Drink Recipe: Peppermint Hot Chocolate
- Choose your favorite brand of hot chocolate and prepare normally.
- Add any or all (for extra peppermint and sweetness) of the following: 2 candy cane sticks, Peppermint syrup, Giant marshmallow
Hot chocolate is always a classic, but pair it with white chocolate chip cookies and you’ve got the perfect balance of sweet and smooth. Add a giant marshmallow instead of the small ones that dissolve way too quickly for an extra sugar rush. The peppermint will give you a cool feeling without having to actually ice your drink down. And what better movie to watch with this pair than The Polar Express, with its famous hot chocolate scene? You’ll want to ring all the magic bells when you’re done with this one.
Movie: The Grinch
Cookie: Double Chocolate Chunk
Drink Recipe: Hot Chai Tea Latte
- Brew a cup of black chai tea.
- Add the following spices as desired: Allspice, Nutmeg, Cinnamon
- Vanilla Extract
- Add warm milk for a cheap at-home latte!
Iced chai tea is a popular drink in the summer, but hot chai tea is the best—you can add vanilla extract for a sweeter flavor and voila! Starbucks doesn’t have anything on you, and you can make as many servings as you like. Double chocolate chunk cookies are the way to go with this one; they’ll keep the spice of the chai in check. The Grinch will match all the vibes you’re going for here, because while he’s trying to ruin Christmas, you’re an unbothered Who in Whoville just waiting to chow down.
Drink Recipe: Hot Apple Cider
- 1 jug of apple cider
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon cloves
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- (This recipe calls for a crockpot, but honestly you could modify the measurements to be small enough for a quick microwave sesh or with some hot Keurig water)
There’s a simple and magical way to make apple cider into a winter drink instead of a fall one: make it hot. Spiced cider is the ultimate contrast to cookies, but it matches well with snickerdoodles because of their cinnamon flavors. Scrooged is an older movie from the 1988 that stars Bill Murray, and while it is funny, there are some scenes that will tug at your heart strings and actually make you think about how you treat others. This combo will make spice lovers swoon.