I’m a little late to the Knives Out party — but now that I’ve finally had a chance to watch this film, all I can say is WOW! I absolutely adored it.
Not only is it a captivating whodunit that has you questioning who the guilty party is until the very end, it has highly colorful characters led by an all-star cast, an engrossing score, and, of course, stylish costuming that leaves everyone wanting a new wardrobe… but we’ll get to that in a moment.
If you haven’t watched Knives Out yet, you need to! Here’s what you can expect from Rian Johnson’s latest film.
About Knives Out
The circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey are mysterious, but there’s one thing that renowned Detective Benoit Blanc knows for sure—everyone in the wildly dysfunctional Thrombey family is a suspect. Now, Blanc must sift through a web of lies and red herrings to uncover the truth. From acclaimed writer-director Rian Johnson comes this suspenseful, twist-filled whodunnit with an all-star ensemble cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Christopher Plummer, and more.
Knives Out is available to purchase both digitally and on 4k Ultra HD.
Whether you’ve seen Knives Out yet or not, there’s a high chance that you’ve heard all about the infamous and beloved sweater that Chris Evans’ character Ransom wears.
Yes, it’s a rather standard wool sweater, but when Chris Evans wears it, people pay attention! I’m not mad at it either — I’m a huge sweater fan, so if this preppy style is cool again, it can only mean good things for me.
Inspired by Knives Out and Ransom’s sweater, I’m sharing my love for the film (and cozy sweaters) with a recipe inspired by the garment that’s generated so much buzz.
Yes, this is my house, my rules, and my coffee… and now I’ve turned Ransom’s sweater into a cookie (because I can).
Knives Out Sweater Cookies Inspired by Chris Evans’ Character Ransom
What You Need:
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- Sweater sugar cookies (here’s a recipe I love to use for sugar cookies and my sweater cookie cutter)
- 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
- 1 icing bag
- 1 icing coupler
- Icing tip — rigged basketweave tip
First prepare your “sweaters” — aka your sugar cookies! Prepare your favorite sugar cookie dough and cut your cookies out with this sweater cookie cutter. Need a sugar cookie recipe? Here’s one I often use.
Next prepare your 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 “sweater fabric” design 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!
Since the buttercream icing is already a cream color, it’s perfect for Ransom’s sweater! Prepare an icing bag with your rigged basketweave tip and fill it with icing.
To begin your decorating, first ice three lines down the body of your sweater — one in the middle and one on either side along the edge.
Next, in both sections between your icing columns, create a braided sweater patter to resemble the thicker weave in Ransom’s sweater.
Starting in one section, apply icing in the shape of a loose sideways S (see below).
Then, reverse the direction and create a loose sideways Z over top of the S (see below).
Continue this pattern all the way down the section. Repeat the design for the second section.
To finish your cookie, fill in the sleeves by adding straight lines of icing down the length of the arms. Add an optional line or pattern along the neck line (depending on what type of turtleneck you want), or leave as-is.
Sweaters, sweater cookies, and coffee — can you think of anything better? Oh, I know, perhaps an amazing whodunit mystery by Rian Johnson!