Now that the holidays have wound down, it’s the ideal time to host an at-home movie night. It’s cold outside, it gets dark early. Watching movies with your family and/or friends is the perfect way to spend the evening!
I put together some fun movie night snacks where I incorporated popular snacks typically found at the movie theater with a homemade twist.
Sno-Caps are a popular candy found at the movie theater. I incorporated them into this Country Crock Make It Yours Cookie Recipe that I received in my Influenster Twinkle VoxBox.
(Along with the recipe in my Influenster Twinkle VoxBox, I received and redeemed a coupon for a free container of Country Crock Original. I went ahead and opted for the larger size, so I paid the difference between the maximum value of the coupon and the price of the larger sized Country Crock. I also received Reynolds Baking Sheets parchment paper, which I used for this recipe, compliments of Reynolds and Influenster.)
For the full Country Crock Make It Yours Cookie Recipe, click here.
Here are the ingredients I used and how I made the recipe my own:
- 1 cup Country Crock
- 1 to 2 cups Sno-Caps
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine the brown sugar, sugar, Country Crock, egg, egg yolk, and vanilla in a large bowl. When these ingredients are well mixed, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until well blended. Fold in the Sno-Caps until the candy is distributed throughout the dough. Drop the dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, one tablespoon at a time, approximately three inches apart. Bake the cookies 10 to 12 minutes until the edges are light golden brown. Cool the cookies on a cooling rack. (Yields: ~4 dozen cookies)
Nachos are another popular movie theater snack. I got the idea to make nachos into cups from Food Network’s Patricia Heaton Parties, however the recipe I used in this post, and in my video, is my own. Patricia’s recipe looks really good, too, so if you want to see the Fully Loaded Nacho Cups recipe from Food Network’s Patricia Heaton Parties here’s the link.
And here’s my own recipe:
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 package of your favorite taco seasoning
- 1 can of your favorite refried beans
- 1 small can of chopped green chiles
- 1 package Mexican blend shredded cheese
- 1 bag Tostito’s Scoops tortilla chips
- Sour Cream and Salsa to be served on the side
Prepare the ground beef according to the instructions on the taco seasoning package. Then, layer the beef, refried beans, chopped green chiles and cheese into each tortilla scoop and place on a cookie sheet. Once you have a whole tray of nacho cups, run them under the broiler for a few minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve with sour cream and salsa on the side.
ZIPPY ITALIAN POPCORN (Adapted from Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats cookbook – click here for the original recipe)
You can’t have a movie night without popcorn! Here’s a movie theater favorite made special with a few seasonings from one of my favorite Rachael Ray recipes.
- 1 package microwave popcorn
- 2 tablespoons butter or Country Crock
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/3 cup shredded Parmesean cheese
Pop the popcorn in the microwave according the instructions on the package and empty the popped popcorn out into a large bowl. Combine the butter (or Country Crock), garlic powder and oregano in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave the mixture for 10 seconds at a time until the butter (or Country Crock) is melted. Pour the mixture onto the popcorn and mix until the popcorn is coated with the mixture. Sprinkle the cheese onto the popcorn and mix.
Let me know in the comments section what your favorite movie theater snack is!