Rise of the Guardians and Candy Cane cookies

As I write this, I’m snuggled up on the couch in front of the fireplace in my childhood home, with the fire crackling away.  I wish I could convince Beardy Boyfriend that we need a fireplace (although we might need to sacrifice the TV) and there’s something really lovely about watching Christmas themed movies with my family (although our all time favourite Christmas movie is Lord of the Rings – does that put you in the Christmas spirit?)  But I’m always excited when a good Christmas movie is released – there are so many classics that you can re-watch for years.

I’m a bit older than the target audience, but I was very excited to go see Rise of the Guardians.  We went to see it in a cold movie theatre (the overworked heating wasn’t quite up to the task), but I found that the cold added to the atmosphere, especially when exploring a snow day with Jack Frost!  The story begins with the villainous bogeyman (known as Pitch, played by Jude Law doing his best sinister charm).  As a result, the Guardians, who look after little children (Santa, the Tooth Fairy and a hardcore tattooed Easter Bunny) call on a reluctant Jack Frost (Chris Pine) to help them restore the faith of the world’s children.

I really enjoyed the international flavour of this movie – Law is allowed to be British as the evil Pitch and Hugh Jackman’s Bunny is a tough Australian rabbit – nice for children throughout the English speaking world to know they have a guardian from near them.  While it’s a good movie for kids, it’s also an interesting one for adults – I went with a group of friends (all over 20!) and we really did enjoy it, particularly the interesting takes on the character’s lives (Bunny’s rabbit hole as a trippy wonderland, the importance of childhood teeth), so it’s definitely one that I would recommend bringing your children, nieces, nephews or friend’s children along to.

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I decided to go with my favourite holiday cookie, which would be a treat for anyone (whether a kid or an overgrown kid) to munch on while enjoying this Christmas movie – mine aren’t quite as great as those of my aunt Tami (it is her recipe originally), but I love making them to give away for Christmas!

Candy Cane Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup (226 g) unsalted butter

3/4 cup (169g) caster sugar

1 egg

3 cups (384g) plain flour

3/4 cup crushed candy canes

Icing sugar (to taste)

2012-12-09 15.56.10Cream the butter and sugar.  Mix in the egg and sift in the flour.

2012-12-09 18.04.08Divide the dough into half.  Take one half and colour it pink – be sure to knead the dough so that the pink colouring is distributed throughout.  Mix in 1/2 cup crushed candy canes.

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This is the complicated part – I take a section of both doughs, roll them out into a long thin line and twine them together.  Once you have this long piece of twine, shape into a candy cane.

Heat oven to 170C and bake cookies for about 8 to 10 minutes.  Let the cookies sit until completely cool.

Mix together icing and warm water (approximately two teaspoons of warm water to every half cup of icing sugar) until it is a consistency that suits you (I like it quite thick, but my mum likes it to be a bit more of a thin glaze).  Dribble over the cookies and sprinkle the extra 1/4 cup of crushed candy canes over the cookies.

2012-12-12 22.15.46And this is what the cookies should look like in the end: absolutely delicious (and my favourite Christmas cookie of all time.)  What’s your favourite Christmas cookie?

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