When you think of famous Disney and Pixar movie food, you might think of the Grey Stuff from Beauty and the Beast, beignets from The Princess and the Frog, and even ratatouille made from scratch by a rat called Remy in Ratatouille. You may not think of things like haggis, blood sausage, or Scotch eggs.
While the 2012 Disney/Pixar film Brave does not focus on food, it does focus on family. And this holiday season, Pixar pastry chef MaryLou Jaso wants families to gather around and bake some delicious ginger snap cookies inspired by Brave‘s Merida and her mother Elinor.
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Pixar shared a recipe for these delicious ginger snap cookies, and they contain a lot of the ingredients you would expect, like ground ginger, cloves, and molasses. But unlike many ginger snap recipes, this recipe also throws in fresh ginger and black pepper.
To kick off this recipe, you want to begin by creaming the butter, brown sugar, salt, and all of your spices. Creaming means mixing all the ingredients together — and here’s a pro tip: cream for about 3 to 4 minutes. This will allow more for more air to get into the batter, resulting in a more tender cookie. From there, you will need to mix in your molasses, followed by your eggs. If possible, it is best to always have eggs at room temperature when adding them to something like cookie batter.
In a separate bowl, whisk together your baking soda and flour. You can also sift the flour and baking soda if you want, the important thing is to get rid of any lumps that may be in the flour. This will help ensure that there are no clumps of flour that bake in your cookies.
Once you have whisked or sifted your baking soda and flour, add it to your butter, sugar, molasses mixture. From there, scoop about an ounce of dough into your hand and roll it into a ball. Then, roll the ball of dough in Demerara sugar — which is a large grain sugar from Africa. If you cannot find this specific sugar, you can use regular sugar if you need to.
Then, put the dough balls on a baking pan (you can line the pan with parchment paper to prevent sticking) and bake for about 10 minutes at 325°. The cookies will look cracked when they are finished.
Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and enjoy this sweet treat with your whole family!