Vanilla Yoda and Chocolate Darth Vader Cookies

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A few weeks ago, I splurged on a boxed set of Star Wars themed cookie cutters at Williams Sonoma. This set of Star Wars™ Heroes & Villains Cookie Cutters includes the heads of Boba Fett, Yoda, a Stormtrooper, and Darth Vader. Ever since, the kids have been demanding cookie cut-outs in their lunches. So far, I’ve made Vanilla Yoda Cookies and Chocolate Darth Vader Cookies

The recipes below are for no muss, no fuss cookies. As glorious as the Star Wars cookies on the Williams Sonoma website look, I was not about to make several different colours of icing and pipe them onto the load of cookies I planned to bake for the lunchboxes. Instead, I coloured the cookie dough green for Yoda, and settled for the brown of a chocolate cookie for Darth. Before baking, I topped each cookie with coloured sugar crystals to match. By eliminating the icing, and restraining yourself with the sugar crystals, you’re eliminating a goodly amount of empty calories from the kids’ lunches.

If you’re looking for some magical inspiration for things to do with Star Wars cookies like these, I suggest you check out the special Star Wars section of Just Jenn’s fabulous website. Her Green Tea yoda cookies are sophisticated and chic (I’m planning on making them for my next ladies’ night!) I also like the way she uses these cookies and others like them as cupcake toppers – perfect for birthday parties! Moreover, her Star Wars Party ideas are fabulous: Han Solo encased in carbonite (jello) and Death Star watermelons! So, after you try these simple guys, get yourself on over to her site!

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Vanilla Yoda Cookies

makes 60+ cookies (I freeze half)
Author: Roseanne Carrara, The Lunchbox Season

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • several drops of green food colouring
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • green sugar crystals/sprinkles

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
  • Cream your butters and sugars before adding the remainder of the wet ingredients.
  • Add food colouring to the yodas, keeping in mind that the cookies will lose some colour during the baking process - Go dark!
  • Then, sift in the blended dry ingredients.
  • Once the dough forms into a ball, divide it in half and wrap each half in plastic film. [Feel free to freeze one half of the recipe for later use.]
  • Refrigerate the dough for an hour or so [if you can wait that long!].
  • Roll refrigerated dough to between 1/4 and 1/8 of an inch. To make things quick and easy, I roll my dough between waxed paper sheets.
  • Cut and press cookies, and place them on parchment lined cookie sheets.
  • Sprinkle cookies lightly with coloured sugar sprinkles.
  • Bake for 7-9 minutes.
  • Cool on wire racks.

Darth Vader Chocolate Cookies

makes 50-60 cookies (I freeze half)
Author: Roseanne Carrara, The Lunchbox Season

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups brown or white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • black sugar crystals/sprinkles

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
  • Cream your butters and sugars before adding the remainder of the wet ingredients.
  • Add food colouring to the yodas, keeping in mind that the cookies will lose some colour during the baking process - Go dark!
  • Then, sift in the blended dry ingredients.
  • Once the dough forms into a ball, divide it in half and wrap each half in plastic film. [Feel free to freeze one half of the recipe for later use.]
  • Refrigerate the dough for an hour or so [if you can wait that long!].
  • Roll refrigerated dough to between 1/4 and 1/8 of an inch. To make things quick and easy, I roll my dough between waxed paper sheets.
  • Cut and press cookies, and place them on parchment lined cookie sheets.
  • Sprinkle cookies lightly with coloured sugar sprinkles.
  • Bake for 7-9 minutes.
  • Cool on wire racks.

 

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3 Responses to Vanilla Yoda and Chocolate Darth Vader Cookies

  1. ingridkeenan October 17, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    So ridiculously awesome. I see these in my future…

  2. Reiko October 25, 2014 at 4:46 am #

    Help!!
    I used a simple sugar cookie receipe i have and my cookies (cut with darth vader, storm trooper and yoda LOST all detail. They just blended/blead all together. What did I do wrong??
    I had dough overnite in fridge. 2nd batch tried to freeze them 10 before putting in over to see if that would help keep shape and detail, but did not work either……Help. Im soo bummed I just love these star wars cookie cutters.

    • roseye@rogers.com October 26, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

      I’m so sorry to hear about your cookie problem!!! It sounds like you are off to a good start with freezing/refrigeration. Here are a few tips for making sure your sugar cookies don’t bleed:
      Use a thermometer in your oven to make sure your oven isn’t hotter than the temperature you set it to on the dial/keypad; try skipping some or all of the baking powder; mix thoroughly and quickly to avoid incoporating air; use thick cookie sheets AND use parchment or silpat; make sure not to add too much sugar (I know, seems counter-intiutive, right?); get good quality butter – I use organic when possible….Have you tried the recipe on this page? It works for me every time! BEST OF LUCK!!!!