Star Wars Rogue One officially opened on Dec. 16, and for many of us, it meant Christmas came early!
To celebrate the release (not that a true fan needs a reason to celebrate anything Star Wars!) we decided to dust off our cookie cutters, break out our favorite sugar cookie recipe, and whip up a little Chewbacca magic in the kitchen.
Brace yourselves … Wookiee cookies are coming.
To make these scruffy treats, you’ll need:
16 Tablespoons unsalted butter (2 sticks) at room temperature
1 ¼ Cups white sugar
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Cups flour
1 Cup dark cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
You will also need the following items:
Wire cooling rack
Gingerbread man cookie cutter
Mix your softened butter and sugar together until just mixed. Don’t overmix as the friction can cause the butter to melt too much, resulting in cookies that don’t hold their shape while cooking.
Add in your egg and vanilla and mix on low speed, stopping often to scrape down the sides of your bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix together your flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
Add this mixture to your butter/sugar mix a small amount at a time to prevent the cocoa powder from becoming airborne (dump it in too fast and the force of the mixer will blow the cocoa powder back up at you … and all over the kitchen. Trust me on this one. Go slow …)
Mix on low speed until all your ingredients have come together in a thick dough.
Take your dough and turn it out onto a piece of parchment paper and pat into a fairly uniform ball.
Place another piece of parchment paper on top of your dough ball. Using your rolling pin, gently roll your dough out flat.
Transfer the whole parchment/dough sandwich to your cookie sheet and wrap the entire thing tightly with plastic wrap. Place into your refrigerator and allow to chill for at least 60 minutes.
After an hour has passed, pull your dough out of the fridge and unwrap from the plastic but leave your parchment paper in place.
Using your rolling pin, roll out your dough until it’s roughly ¼ to ½ an inch thick.
Gently peel back your top sheet of parchment paper and use your cookie cutter to cut out your Wookiees and transfer them onto your cookie sheet.
Place your cookie cutouts back into the fridge for another 30 minutes.
While they’re chilling, pre-heat your oven to 350F/176C.
Bake your cookies for 15 to 20 minutes.
Let them cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring them to a wire rack.
Once they’re completely cool, it’s time to start decorating!
To decorate your Wookiee Cookies, you will need:
2 cubes melting chocolate (Candy melts)
1 cube white melting chocolate (optional)
White cookie icing
Brown cookie icing
Black gel icing
Tiny white sprinkles
You will also need
Small microwave safe bowl
Toothpick or tweezers (optional)
Melt your chocolate candy melts by placing them into the bowl and microwaving them for 1 minute, stopping and stirring every 15 seconds to ensure even melting.
If your melting chocolate is darker than your brown cookie icing, add in enough white melting chocolate to lighten up your color.
Once your melting chocolate is melted, spread a thin layer over your entire Wookiee using your knife. Don’t worry if your layer isn’t perfectly smooth, we’ll fix all that in a bit…but you do want to make sure the entire front of your cookie is completely covered in chocolate.
Allow your candy melts to cool and harden.
Using the small fork, gently score the hardened melting chocolate on the front of your cookie. Don’t press too hard, you don’t want to scrap all the way through, you just want to give your Wookie some fur!
Now, using your dark brown cookie icing, trace the outline of your cookie in a thin line. Don’t forget to add the jagged zig-zag along his neck line.
Next, add on his bandolier (that strappy thing) in the same dark brown cookie icing you outlined him in. The bandolier should go from his left shoulder to his right hip.
While your dark brown icing is firming up, you can add on his eyes and mouth. Take your black gel icing and pipe on two small eyes, a small nose, and his mouth.
You can use the white sprinkles to make his teeth. We played with a variety of lengths, using the sharp knife to cut the tiny sprinkles into the lengths we wanted. To attach the teeth, gently press them into the still liquid gel icing you piped for his mouth. Be sure to work somewhat quickly as the black gel will set up in about 15 minutes. For the really small pieces we used tweezers to set them into place.
To finish him up, use your white cookie icing to add the boxes on his bandolier.
And there you have it! Your totally delicious, totally adorable chocolate Wookiee Cookies!
If you plan on saving your Wookiees (i.e., not eating them all in one sitting like I like to do) allow your Wookiees and all their fresh icing to fully set up for at least two hours before storing in an airtight container between layers of waxed paper.