Moment of truth — how many hours have you spent so far watching Disney+? Okay, maybe don’t answer that…
If you’re like me, you’ve been LOVING all of the couch time streaming both original content and classic Disney content on Disney+.
One of my favorite new movies on Disney+ is the live-action Lady and the Tramp. While I don’t watch a ton of dog movies — I get too emotional over them! — this is one I absolutely LOVED! From the stunning cinematography, the adorable real-life dog actors and actresses, and the delightful music, this is one live-action remake that you need to add to your watchlist.
Are you a dog lover like I am? Here’s my spoiler-free review from a dog lover’s perspective.
Plan a ‘Bella Notte’ Lady and the Tramp Movie Night
Dinner, dessert, and a movie? There’s not a better combination. Themed after the iconic spaghetti and meatball scene at Tony’s Restaurant, here’s your guide to making your own spaghetti and meatball movie night — both for dinner and dessert! Trust me, it will be Bella Notte.
- Dinner — Make Lady and the Tramp spaghetti cups from Geeks Who Eat
- Dessert — Make Lady and the Tramp spaghetti cookies (recipe below!)
- Movie –– Click here to stream Lady and the Tramp on Disney+
Lady and the Tramp Spaghetti and Meatball Cookies
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What You Need:
- Round sugar cookies (here’s a recipe I love to use for sugar cookies)
- 2 sticks of salted butter, room temperature
- 1 lb. of powdered sugar (half of a bag)
- 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
- 2-3 tbsp. milk
- Food coloring — red, ivory
- Buncha Crunch
- Icing bags
- Icing couplers
- Icing tips — large round tip and grass tip
First prepare your “plates” — aka your round sugar cookies! Prepare your favorite sugar cookie dough and cut your cookies out in circles. Don’t have a round cookie cutter? Just use a drinking glass! Need a sugar cookie recipe? Here’s one I often use.
Next prepare your “noodles” and your “sauce” — aka your ivory and red buttercream icing! While cookies aren’t always iced with buttercream, but more commonly royal icing, I chose to use buttercream since I knew it would easily hold the “noodle” shape I was after. And it’s also delicious!
Using a stand or hand mixer, first beat the softened butter (I let my stand mixer go for several minutes until the butter mixture is creamy). Then add the vanilla and a tablespoon or so of milk until blended and smooth. Slowly add your powdered sugar until all of it is incorporated. Next, add an additional tablespoon of milk or so, if needed, until you reach your desired frosting consistency. Taste test to be sure it’s perfect!
Starting with the “noodles”, prepare an icing bag with your grass tip — grass, noodles, this tip is perfect for creating multiple thin icing strands at once! Separate out a scoop of white buttercream icing and add a small amount of ivory food coloring to make the icing the color of pasta. Place your colored icing in your prepared bag and then pipe noodle strands onto your cookies in various directions to make your cookie look like a plate of pasta.
With your remaining white buttercream icing, mix in red food coloring and place it in an icing bag with the large round tip. Pipe a pile of red icing on the center of your “noodles”. Then using a spoon or another flat edge, blend the edges of the red icing to make it look like a pile of “sauce”.
As the last step, place several “meatballs”, aka Buncha Crunch, on top of your iced cookies.
These cookies look so close to spaghetti and meatballs that they could be served at Tony’s Restaurant!
Oh, this is the night, it’s a beautiful night, and we call it Bella Notte.