Our recipe for Mother Ginger Crinkle Cookies is a Paid Promotion for Walt Disney Studios’ The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
The holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean there can’t still be a bit of holiday magic left over. One of the films we wanted to create a recipe for this past Christmas was The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we were unable to. So when Walt Disney Studios reached out and asked as to create a cookie recipe for the film we couldn’t say no! Our Mother Ginger Crinkle Cookies are the perfect treat to cozy up with for a movie night at home! Read through the post to find out how you could win a digital copy of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms for your very own movie night!
In The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, “all Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.”
The home release of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms includes the following bonus features:
- On Pointe: A Conversation with Misty Copeland – Copeland shares the thrill of portraying one of her favorite characters in a whole new way.
- Unwrapping “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” – Dive into the production design, sets, costumes and more that helped transform a beloved ballet into an adventurous movie.
- Deleted Scenes –
- The Stahlbaums Arrive– As the Stahlbaums enter the Christmas Eve ball, the butler attempts to announce them to the assembled guests.
- Follow Your Ribbon- Drosselmeyer encourages a reluctant Clara to go find her gift.
- Deleted Scene: Clara Asks About Her Mother– Sugar Plum gives Clara a tour of her mother’s bedroom.
- Left, Left, Left, Left, Left– Wandering lost in the forest, palace guards Cavalier and Harlequin quarrel about which way to go.
- Out with the Old– Sugar Plum makes sweeping changes to the palace decor.
- Music Videos–
- “Fall on Me” Performed by Andrea Bocelli Featuring Matteo Bocelli– Experience superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli and his son Matteo Bocelli performing their first duet together in this uplifting song.
- “The Nutcracker Suite” Performed by Lang Lang– Get swept up in a series of images from the movie, set to Tchaikovsky’s music and featuring world-renowned pianist Lang Lang.
- Unwrapped: The Visual Effects of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”– View a reel that explores the layers of effects in sequences of the film
We love bonus features in general and these are no exception. We really enjoyed all of the bonus features, especially the interview with Misty Copeland.
The inspiration for our Mother Ginger Crinkle Cookies comes from Helen Mirren’s character. Crinkle cookies are the perfect representation of her face. The mice and orange peel curls are also part of her character visually. Be prepared though, these cookies are not only visually striking but are addicting as well! You won’t want to stop eating them!
We hope you love our recipe inspired by The Nutcracker and the Four Realms! The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is available now on Digital HD and Blu-ray! Now, as promised, we have a bit of fun! We are giving away 5 digital copies of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms! Be sure to enter below. The winners will be chosen next Tuesday! Good Luck!
Excited for the Blu-ray release of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, The Geeks have created a recipe for Mother Ginger Crinkle Cookies. These cookies are sure to impress!
- 3 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 3/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar, packed
- 3/4 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1 tbsp Ground Ginger
- 1 tbsp Orange Zest
- 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 1/2 sticks Unsalted Butter, softened but cool, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 3/4 cup Molasses
- 2 tbsp Milk
- 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 cup Powdered Sugar
- 1 tube Prepared Marzipan
- Matte Brown Petal Dust
- Silver Luster Dust
- Black Gel Icing
- Candied Orange Peel (we used pre-packaged, but you can also make your own)
- With a stand mixer stir together the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, orange zest, cloves and salt at low speed until combined.
- Stop the mixer and add the butter pieces. Mix at medium-low speed until the mixture is like sand.
- Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the molasses and milk. Mix until evenly moistened.
- Increase the speed to medium and mix until completely combined.
- Using a rubber spatula, scrape the dough onto a work surface dividing it in half.
- Shape each portion into two round disks.
- Cover both individually in plastic wrap and freeze for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line the two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liner.
- Roll the chilled dough into balls 2-inches in diameter. (Do not overwork the dough or allow it to become too warm)
- Roll each dough ball in the granulated sugar then in the powdered sugar making sure each layer is coated evenly. (the more powdered sugar the better for the appearance of the cracks)
- Place the coated dough balls 1-inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for about 12 minutes, until the centers are set.
- Cool the cookies on the sheets for a few minutes, then allow them to cool on a wire rack.
- Once cooled top with a marzipan mouse and candied orange peel curl.
- For each marzipan mouse- Shape a small bit of marzipan into a mouse and using a paintbrush dust with a combination of matte brown and silver luster dust. For the eyes use a toothpick to add a dot of black gel icing.
- For the candied orange peel curl- cut a thin piece of candied orange peel and wrap it around a skewer. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes to dry in shape. You may need to hold the skewers down with wood spoons so the curls stay tight.
*This is a Paid Promotion for Walt Disney Studios’ The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. All opinions are wholly our own. Giveaway digital copies of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms provided by Fingerpaint Marketing. View our Disclosure Policy for more info.