Family Movie Night & Minions Lemon Cut-Out Cookies Recipe
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Ever since he saw the first “Spicable Meep” as he called it back then, Tyler has been a huge fan of all things involving minions. We have toys, hats, shirts, jammies–you name it he probably owns it with those cute little yellow guys on it! Don’t believe me? Check out this Instagram Pic from just a few weeks ago. So when we heard that the Minions movie was coming out this summer right around his birthday we made sure to take him and Amber to the theater to see it. They both loved it, of course, and it was a great time. It was especially fun since a few days later we threw his birthday party which was Minions themed per his special request!
I knew that we’d be buying the Minions movie as soon as it came out, so I made sure to note that the release date was 12/8/15. The other day I was out finishing up my Christmas shopping at Target and I spied this amazing display near the front which reminded me it was time to get the movie! I had thought about buying it as the perfect Christmas present for the kids, but Tyler was with me that day. I decided that since we’d all been working *super* hard lately I would buy it to give us an amazing Family Movie Night to relax and celebrate together.
As I was looking at the different versions available I saw that the Minions Metal Pak Blu-ray/DVD – Deluxe was a Target exclusive that contained 40 minutes of exclusive content. I also loved that the special content even includes Minions party planning ideas, those would have come in super handy when we threw Tyler’s party! *Plus* if that all wasn’t enough to convince me, there is a special deal where if you buy that edition you got a free $5 Target Gift Card–score! With all those bonuses I knew that the Metal Pak would be the right one for us. We also saw lots of other adorable Minions merchandise while we were finishing up our shopping, as you can imagine Tyler’s Christmas list got a little bit longer!
A family movie night isn’t official without some kind of special treat being involved! Every Christmas we make Classic Sugar Cookies and I decided to make a fun spin-off inspired by this recipe for our Movie Night.
Here is the recipe and how to create your own amazing Minions Movie Night with your family. The best part? You can pick up everything for the movie and the recipe right at Target! I just love one stop shopping during the busy holidays!
Minions Lemon Cut-Out Cookies Recipe
- 2/3 Cups Shortening
- 1 3 oz Package Dry Lemon Gelatin Dessert Mix
- 1/3 Cup White Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 Tablespoon Heavy Whipping Cream
- 1/4 tsp lemon juice
- Yellow Food Coloring
- 2 Cups flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
To start out your family movie night get your kids to help you make the cookie dough!
In a small bowl combine 2 Cups flour and 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, set aside.
In a large bowl combine shortening, Dry Lemon Gelatin Dessert Mix, and Sugar. Mix until well blended.
Using a mixer on medium-high speed blend in heavy whipping cream, lemon juice, and 5-10 drops of yellow food coloring. Beat until light and fluffy.
Mix in flour until well combined and dough forms. Place in fridge to chill–you have just enough time now to go enjoy the movie and the dough will be set perfectly! (For future reference you’ll need to chill it at least an hour, but can do it up to overnight).
Minions Movie Time!
Snuggle up and enjoy the movie together! Even though this was the kids second time through they giggled and giggled and were totally immersed in the story line.
Once we were done watching the movie we put on the extra material and it was time to make the cookies! First preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Take a piece of parchment paper and dust it and a rolling pin with flour. Then roll our your cookie dough. I always leave mine just a little on the thicker side so my cookies are nice and flaky-fluffy and not hard, but you can roll it out according to your taste!
Next take a butter knife and cut out a minion shape. I decided to do the body and feet, but not the arms since they’re super thin and the hands are detailed. The beauty of minions is that they’re all different so hand cutting out each shape lets you get that individual feel to them.
Clear away the extra dough and use your fingers to smooth out the rough edges and make the feet more rounded. Use a spatula to lift the cookie off the parchment and place on a cookie sheet.
Bake for 7-9 minutes until cookies have puffed up and are turning slightly brown on the bottom, you don’t want the rest of the cookie to brown–you have to keep that awesome yellow color for your little guys!
While they’re baking and cooling it’s time to mix up the Icing!
- 1 Cup Powdered Sugar (plus extra)
- 1 Tsp Lime Juice
- Heavy Whipping Cream
- Black Writing Gel
- Edible candy eyes
Mix together the powdered sugar and lime juice and then add heavy whipping cream until it reaches the consistency you want for frosting. The beautiful thing about this recipe is that it’s super forgiving, just keep adding sugar and cream as needed until you hit the sweet spot! For these cookies you’ll want stiff frosting so you can get the lines you want and so it won’t run places you don’t want it. You’ll know you’ve hit the right spot when it looks like this.
Scoop out a little of the white frosting into a separate dish to be used later and then mix in 5-10 drops blue food coloring until color you want is reached.
Now it’s time to make those little guys adorable!
Take your candy eyes and place a little bit of the white icing on the back to “glue” them/it onto the cookies. I did mine with half having one eye and the other half having two eyes. For the two eyes you’ll want them close together but not touching so that you have room to draw the goggles.
Use the black icing to draw on the goggles, mouths, and shoes. You’ll want to wipe off the tip after each pass to make sure you can keep it where you need it! I gave each minion a different facial expression based on photos I looked up and also gave some hair with the gel.
Final step! Use a bag to pipe the blue frosting to create overalls. You can use a piping set or, like me, you can just cut a hole in a plastic bag. Make sure you make it tiny so you have more control and can create the overall straps.
Ta Da! You now have your very own little army of minions!! The best part of this recipe? Not only are they too cute to eat–they’re so tasty that you’ll be more than willing to eat them after all! You can eat them right away, but they’re also great after the frosting is set.
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