Wookiee Gingerbread Cookies
May the Fourth be with you!
Happy Star Wars Day!
How do you like to celebrate May 4th? I was hoping to bake something for the office, but quickly found that Star Wars doesn't seem to have very many dessert-friendly recipes. That is, until I saw these Wookie Gingerbread cookies by SugarNerd!
As a heads up, most gingerbread recipes need to sit for a few hours to a few days before you can bake them so I'd start making these a day or two in advance based on the recipe. I scrambled to make these wookie cookies last year the night before Star Wars day so I had to use a super quick gingerbread recipe that results in really light cookies:
For reference, this year I'm using this gingerbread cookie recipe from food.com that has you leave the gingerbread out for 2-8 hours. It also has lemon zest, whaaat!
What You'll Need
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (optional)
- 1 gingerbread man cookie cutter
- Dark chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli 60% cocoa chips)
- White chocolate melts or chips (I used Wilton white chocolate melts)
Oven: 375 degrees
Bake Time: 7-10 minutes
Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and cloves in a bowl. Set aside.
I first creamed the butter in a mixer until light and fluffy.
Then I mixed in the brown sugar.
Next, mix in the egg until well blended.
Now add in the molasses, vanilla and lemon zest. I still can't get over the lemon zest. I never would have thought about adding such a sharp citrusy element.
Slowly mix in the dry ingredients. Turn your mixer to the lowest setting for this so flour doesn't fly everywhere. Mix well.
You've got your gingerbread dough now! Just in time to let it sit for a long time. Divide the gingerbread dough in half and get our some plastic wrap.
Wrap up each section of dough in plastic wrap and let it sit out at room temperature for 2-8 hours. I let mine sit for around 7 before working with the dough.
The recipe also says you could refrigerate the dough for multiple days, but let it return to room temperature before working with it!
When you're ready to start making some wookies, lightly flour a suitable surface for rolling out the dough. Roll dough to 1/4 inches thick. I got as close as I could to 1/4 but it's definitely not even all the way through.
Use your favorite gingerbread man cookie cutter and place the cut outs onto a baking sheet (with parchment paper) or cookie sheet. Use the tips of a fork to indent the dough with "fur" impressions. I stuck the cookies in the fridge for 10 mins before putting them in the oven.
Bake the cookies for 7-10 mins. For me, 7 was too soft and 10 was getting a little too crispy. 8 mins was perfect!
Let the wookies cool down enough until it's safe to move and then transfer them onto a cooling rack. Once they've completely cooled we can start decorating!
Melt up some dark chocolate and pour it into a plastic bag. Get as much air out of the bag, close up it up and then cut off the tip of a bag. We'll use that to pipe on our chocolate decorations.
Add the eyes, nose and bandalier to each wookie. Let each one dry until the chocolate has completely hardened. They're already starting to look good!
Now melt up the white chocolate and repeat the piping process by placing it in the plastic bag and cutting a tip. We'll use these to add the mouth and bandalier details.
Now you're all done! Your wookies are ready to celebrate Star Wars Day! I covered them in plastic wrap and kept them in the fridge a day until they could be properly celebrated on May 4th. :)