Star Wars is back! YEAH!
We’ve waited patiently.
We’ve heard the hype.
We saw the movie trailer.
And frankly, the only thing left to do (besides wait in suspense!) is to bring the Galaxy into our kitchens.
When I saw good ole’ Chewey at the end of the trailer with Han Solo. Man! That was so exciting. When me and my sister were kids we LOVED the Star Wars movies. And Chewbacca, Han Solo, and Princess Leia were our favorite. I can’t wait to see them all again. Of course I took my geeky excitement to my kitchen. It’s how I roll. Enter….the wookie cookie.
These are adorable. I was so happy when these came out of the oven and I saw how they were going to turn out. And they are incredibly easy! I think if you were going to have a viewing party before the new movie comes out in theaters you should make these cookies. They take so little time, they use a cookie cutter you already have, and there is minimal frosting.
When I was first brainstorming about Star Wars cookies I thought about pulling out all of my supplies to make royal icing. The tips, the bags, the couplers, the whole shebang…
Sometimes that can be super fun and exactly what a cookie needs, but I wanted something simple, easy to recognize, and not too daunting. Something you could make for a birthday party, for example.
I originally posted this without a recipe, because it really doesn’t need one. I thought you could use your favorite sugar cookie dough or gingerbread. But then I got a few questions asking for the chocolate cookie dough I used. You can still just as easily make gingerbread or a classic sugar cookie recipe, too. Before baking, press the gingerbread men all over with the tines of a fork to make them look like the “walking carpet” that wookies are. 😉 The decorating is as simple as making a dark chocolate frosting, or in my case, picking up black decorator’s icing at the store and strategically placing a few sugar pearls for the belt buckles. I made the faces with extra icing and a toothpick.
Seriously! 20 minutes to whip up some cookie dough and bake, 10 minutes to decorate your little family of Chewbaccas, this was probably my favorite kitchen project this year.
I just love it when things turn out better than you hoped they would. 🙂
Edit: Several people have commented that the cookies tend to be dry and sometimes bland. I have reposted an updated recipe to correct these problems. Added cornstarch and oil keep the dough from crumbling too much when rolling and espresso powder is added to boost the chocolate flavor. I would also like to mention that a GOOD quality cocoa should be used in order to have a flavorful cookie. Thanks so much to everyone! Keep baking and May the Force be with you!
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 2 cup flour
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease your baking sheets.
- In a mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar, oil, baking powder and vanilla until fluffy and pale. Add egg and mix well.
- In a small bowl whisk together flour, cornstarch, and cocoa powder. Add to creamed mixture slowly, until a dough forms.
- Divide dough into 2 halves, taking one half, sprinkle a counter or cutting board with additional cocoa powder to avoid sticking. Roll out your dough to ⅛th inch thickness and cut with gingerbread men cookie cutters. Using the tines of a fork, press all over the cookies to look like "Wookie Fur"
- Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes or until it starts to smell like chocolate.
- Cool on wire racks.
- When cool, use chocolate icing or black icing purchased at the super market to pipe the strap from Chewbacca's satchel across the chest of the cookies. Decorate with sugar pearls to complete the buckles.