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It’s no secret that this girl loves musical theater and one of the productions I did in high school was ANNIE. It was one of my favorite movies growing up and Carol Burnett was someone I hoped to model a theater career after. To say that the musical is special to me would be an understatement. I think it is important to admit that I had low expectations for the new ANNIE movie.
How could anything ever live up to the original?
Imagine my surprise that this movie was as charming as the first. This movie really DID deliver, even for an original Annie-lover, and in honor of the film’s DVD release today, I wanted to share a special treat you can share while watching the movie!
If you haven’t seen the film yet, it really does honor the classic songs that we all love, but adds its own unique spin often involving fun sound effects, hand clapping, and a more hip hop beat to the music. There are original pieces that are worked into the music that really flow seamlessly into the original music and the film has been updated with current themes, while embracing the sweetness and wholesomeness of the original ANNIE.
In this film, Annie believes that she will be reunited with her parents, at an Italian restaurant where they left a note on a receipt with the heart-shaped locket that any wears. Each Friday she visits the restaurant that serves the homemade cannoli that the couple shared on that night, waiting and hoping that they will finally come to retrieve her. As she sits upon the curb, the owner comes out and tells her that they haven’t come and hands her a little to-go box of cannolis to take home. It is a ritual that is repeated in the movie and a truly sweet scene.
In honor of this moment in the film, I am sharing a fun recipe that you can make with a prepared pie crust and a homemade cannoli filling that is perfect to share while watching the film together. This would also make an adorable treat for a birthday party or as a party favor in little to-go boxes tied with butcher twine.
I’d like to say a huge thank you to Bowl of Pho today for providing the to-go box and note to make this pretty photo for my cannoli display. If you are a local, it’s a must in our town to head there and get a bowl-as-big-as-your-head of chicken noodle soup.
Walmart is sharing this adorable exclusive DVD set that comes with a mini plush Sandy that would be a perfect little Easter treat to share with your Annie-lover this year. The price on this set is $29.96. Wouldn’t this be the sweetest gift? Sandy even made it out of for show-and-share this week!
I hope you enjoy this sweet treat and can pick up this film! I guarantee that it is one that the whole family will love!
- 1 container (15 oz) whole-milk ricotta cheese
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 box refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box (you can also substitute with gluten free pie crust)
- 3 tablespoons turbinado sugar (raw sugar)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- Additional powdered sugar
- In large bowl, beat all filling ingredients with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Place filling in 1-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag; refrigerate while making cups.
- Heat oven to 425°F. On lightly floured work surface, unroll pie crusts. Sprinkle each crust with turbinado sugar and cinnamon. Lightly roll rolling pin over sugar and cinnamon to press into pastry. With 2½- to 3-inch round cutter, cut out pastry rounds. Lightly press each pastry round into ungreased mini muffin cup.
- Bake about 10 minutes or until pastry cups are golden brown. Cool completely in pans, about 15 minutes. Remove from muffin cups to cooling racks.
- Just before serving, remove filling from refrigerator. Cut 1 bottom corner off bag; pipe scant tablespoon filling into cooled pastry cups. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and powdered sugar. Serve immediately. Store any remaining pastry cups at room temperature and filling in refrigerator.