This month on the Monday Movie Challenge, we are taking on inspiration from Christmas movies. My movie is The Santa Clause movie. There are so many references to milk and cookies, I couldn’t resist making a delicious, traditional holiday favorite, Pecan Snowballs. I also took inspiration from Disney’s California Adventures Festival of Holiday’s assorted cookies menu option to select the Pecan Snowballs. The assorted cookies includes Sugar Cookies in Mickey and wreath shapes, Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies, Spiced Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies and Sugar Glazed Ginger Snap in addition to the Pecan Snowballs.
The Santa Clause is a classic Christmas movie and one of my favorites. The story is of a man, Scott Calvin, who accidentally becomes Santa Clause and of his son, Charlie, helping him to believe that it’s possible. Throughout the movie, there are many references to milk and cookies. On Christmas Eve, Charlie asks Scott to leave out cookies and milk just in case Santa is real. After Scott falls under “the Santa Clause”, he tries to resume his normal life, only to find that he is gaining weight at a rapid pace and also facial hair. No matter what he does, these changes cannot be stopped. During a work meeting, Scott orders a Caesar salad without dressing, but then follows that with a huge order of sweets, including a plate of cookies to share. Scott goes to his doctor to find out what’s happening and the doctor asks what his diet is and Scott responds mainly milk and cookies.
These Pecan Snowballs are the perfect treat to share with your friends and family and you sit down for Christmas movie night and watch The Santa Clause. They are very similar to almond cookies, such as traditional Austrian Vanillekipferl Cookies, which are shaped in crescents and made with almonds which are options for these cookies as well. I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!
Pecan Snowballs Recipe
- 1 cup butter, softened
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp. vanilla
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ½ cup finely chopped pecans
- Confectioner’s sugar for rolling and dusting
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream butter. Add granulated sugar and powdered sugar and mix well. Add egg and vanilla. Combine.
- Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Combine. Stir in chopped pecans. Mix thoroughly to form a stiff dough.
- Roll dough into a walnut sized ball (use cookie scoop).
- Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 12-15 minutes or until bottom edges just begin to brown. Remove cookies to wire rack to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
- To freeze
- Complete through step of rolling dough into balls. Place in the freezer and freeze completely.
- To cook: thaw for about 10 minutes and roll balls in powdered sugar. Continue as directed above.
Alternatives: Use almonds instead of pecans. Shape into crescents instead of balls.
Adapted from Wilton’s Santa’s Holiday Treats
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Movie Monday Challenge
On the last Monday of each month, a group of bloggers participate in a #MovieMondayChallenge, hosted by C’mon Get Crafty! We decide on a topic, genre, or specific movie to use for inspiration and everyone gets free reign to create something wonderful!
This month’s challenge was. . . . Winter Movies. Everyone was allowed to choose their own favorite winter themed film for this challenge.
Now let’s see what everyone else was inspired to create for this month’s #MovieMondayChallenge!! If you’d like to join our Facebook group, you can request an invite here.
If you’d like to link up and share your own winter themed post, please do! The only rules are that your project must be based around a Christmas or winter themed film! Any links that do not follow that rule will be removed.
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