4 Christmas-movie-inspired Treats for the Cabin


One of my favorite parts of Christmas is watching holiday movies. There is nothing better than curling up on the sofa in front of the tree and watching those movies that put me in the holiday spirit. In fact, my husband buys me a new Christmas movie each year. My other favorite part of Christmas? (besides spending time with family, of course) Eating all the holiday foods! And if you’re cozied up in a Gatlinburg cabin with your family today, this will be an extra-special treat!

So, it’s no wonder that when I think of holiday movies, the foods featured in them aren’t far behind. From savory to super sweet, these treats inspired by some classic (and some of my favorite) holiday flicks will be fun to try at home or in the cabin. And of course, they’ll be perfect to enjoy while you’re cozied up in front of the TV on this lovely Christmas day!

ELF | Peppermint Meringue Cookies | all recipes
We elves try to stick to the 4 main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.
-Buddy the Elf

While we wouldn’t suggest packing all those ingredients into 1 dish, you can at least treat yourself to some candy canes this Christmas. Try these sweet and pretty meringues that are the perfect addition to your holiday table or a great snack during the movie.


  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 3 peppermint candy canes, crushed


  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites, vinegar, and salt to soft peaks. Gradually add sugar while continuing to whip until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes. Fold in 1/3 of the crushed candy canes, reserving the rest. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls, 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Sprinkle remaining crushed candy canes over the top.
  3. Bake for 90 minutes in the preheated oven, or until dry. Cool on baking sheets.

The Santa Claus | Red Velvet Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Whipped Cream | food network
When I think of the movie The Santa Claus, the first that comes to mind is Judy the elf serving Santa Claus the perfect cup of hot cocoa. The second thing that comes to mind? Santa’s red velvet suit! This rich and creamy recipe blends the two perfectly for a hot drink to keep you warm on those cool nights.


Marshmallow Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup marshmallow crème
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

  • 2 cups whole, 2%, or skim milk
  • 1 cup chopped best-quality semisweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons best-quality Dutched cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. For whip cream: Whip the cream and cream cheese until soft peaks form. Fold in the marshmallow crème and vanilla.
  2. For hot chocolate: Bring milk to a simmer in a small pot. Add chocolate and cocoa powder and cook, stirring until smooth. Add the food coloring and vanilla and mix until combined. Whisk the mixture until very frothy. Pour into cups and top with large dollops of marshmallow whipped cream.

Home Alone | Garlic & Herb 3-Cheese Pizza | food network courtesy of Rachael Ray
A lovely cheese pizza, just for me…It’s a classic line in a holiday favorite: all Kevin McCallister wants is a hot cheese pizza, all to himself. Rachael Ray’s cheesy and flavorful take on the classic cheese pizza is the perfect pairing with your movie in the cabin; you decide if you’ll share.


  • 1 ball fresh pizza dough, store bought or from a local pizzeria
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Handful parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 (5-ounce) round soft cheese with herbs, crumbled (recommended: Boursin)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, eyeball it
  • 2 cups shredded sharp provolone cheese
  • Few sprigs fresh thyme, leaves chopped or 1/2 teaspoon dried


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Stretch out dough and form a thin round. Use a little flour or cornmeal on your hands if dough sticks. Mix the garlic, parsley, ricotta, herb cheese and lemon zest. Spread the soft cheese mixture across the pizza dough to the edges, then top with an even layer of provolone.
  3. Scatter thyme over the cheese mixture. Bake until crisp and bubbly-brown on top, 18 to 20 minutes.

Christmas Vacation | Cheesy Thumbprint Appetizers with Hot Pepper Jelly | all recipes
Hopefully your end-of-the-year bonus won’t be for the Jelly of the Month Club like Clark Griswold, but you can still pay tribute to this zany Christmas movie with this zesty jalapeno jelly and cream cheese spread – an easy snack for movie night.


  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons chilled butter, chopped
  • ½ cup hot pepper jelly


  1. Blend cheddar cheese, flour, and butter in a food processor until dough is a coarse-meal texture and forms into a ball. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls and place 1 inch apart on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven; press thumb into top of each ball, creating an indentation. Spoon about 1 teaspoon pepper jelly into indentation. Bake until edges are golden brown, about 5 minutes.

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