I'm not even going to try and pretend I'm not biased towards things that are Star Wars or cookie related. I can't hide it; I am Star Wars Cookie Lady. That's why I get asked all the time: "Do you own the Star Wars Cookbook"? The answer is, of course, yes I do, and I'll tell you the truth: It was sort of disappointing.
I got "Wookiee Cookies and other Galactic Recipes" as a Christmas present, and because I'm an asshole I don't remember who from. I know it was off of my Amazon wish list, though, because the entire reason I wanted the cookbook was to get pictures of Star Wars action figures alongside baked goods. In that respect, it's a great book.
However, it's obviously aimed at kids, because the recipes are for things like grilled cheese, hamburgers, and hot chocolate. The recipe for Wookiee Cookies is actually just your basic chocolate chip cookie recipe. If I had received this as an 11 year old, I would have lost my shit. As a 25 year old, I was excited, but after trying out some of the other recipes (Mos Eisley Morsels, you were extreme disappoint, and actual schoolchildren agree with me,) it's not as great a cookbook as it is a Star Wars picture book.
I mean, c'mon, Wookiee Cookies are just chocolate chip cookies? I could do better than that. A cookie like a wookiee would have to be a chocolate cookie, not just chocolate chip. And it would have to involve coconut somehow, to make it look all furry... like a wookiee, duh. So I set out to find a recipe that involved those two elements, and found Martha Stewart's Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies. With a few substitutions, I had what I am now dubbing "Wookiee Foot cookies," and they are fabulous, shut up.
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup Splenda
- 6 tablespoons packed Splenda brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 2 cups (approximately one 12 oz bag) white-chocolate chips
- 2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
- 1 3/4 cups coarsely chopped walnuts, (about 6 ounces)
What To Do:
- Cream the butter with the sugars, takes about 2 minutes. Mix in eggs (one at a time,) then vanilla.
- Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl. Mix into butter mixture on low speed until well combined.
- Add the chips, nuts, and 1 3/4 cups of the coconut to the batter.
- I used a cookie scoop that's about 2" wide, and I piled heaping amounts of the batter on to a parchment lined cookie sheet, spaced about 3" apart. Martha advises you make smaller cookies. Martha doesn't know the one rule of cookies: You can never have a too-big cookie.
- Smoosh the cookie a little. While you're doing that, use some of the leftover coconut and sprinkle on top. You gotta make the cookies furry, just like a wookiee paw would be.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Let cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool
The finished cookie is about 3 inches wide and the coconut browns beautifully on top, to make it look just like a bit of wookiee pelt. I win the award for most times the word wookiee was used in a post. My reward is that I took these to work where they received lots of compliments, and I get back at everyone in the newsroom who kept bringing in cupcakes and other tasty treats while I was trying to concentrate on a diet. Now they're all on a diet, muah ha ha ha, just let the wookiee win, PASTRY REVENGE!
If you're going to be at C2E2 this weekend,stop by the Prism Comics booth, I might be there with a few of these cookies with me. I don't know how long they'll last, so you should find us early!