To most, May the 4th is just another day. To Star Wars fans, it’s a time to celebrate and geek out. (Has anyone seen where I put my lightsaber?) We present to you: the cutest Chewbacca cookies. Ever.
I remember first hearing about “May the 4th” in my college days. I was a new employee at a bookstore and thought: “Oh. Em. Gee. That is brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that?”
It’s been a part of me ever since.
Joe and I have lots of things in common, and one of them is definitely our love for Star Wars. There are things he’ll never understand (my endless love for Harry Potter, the fact that I’m always Team Britney… there, I said it.), but the Jedi Force is definitely something we can both agree on.
For this year’s May the 4th festivities, I bring to you: Chewbacca Cookies. I’m usually one for decorating sugar cookies, so I thought I’d try my hand at sugar chocolate cookies. They’re just as easy to make and taste incredible (double win for double chocolate – make sure you prepare our homemade chocolate buttercream).
Let’s go save the galaxy.
May the 4th be With You: Chewbacca Cookies
For the icing
1 stick butter, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1-3 tbsp milk
1 tbsp cocoa powder
For the decorating
4 oz. white fondant, divided
Black gel food coloring
Cornstarch, for rolling
Silver food dust
Paint brush (for your silver food dust)
Wilton Icing Tip #12
Wilton Icing Tip #233
Cookie cutter (circle, about 2 inches in diameter)
Prepare your cookies: in a medium-sized bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder, and cocoa powder. Set aside.
Using a stand or electric mixer, mix butter, sugar, and egg on medium high. When it reaches a creamy consistency, add vanilla.
Lower the mixing speed to medium and slowly start adding your dry ingredients, one third at a time.
Once your cookie dough has formed, roll it into a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
Once your hour is up, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
On a lightly-floured surface, roll out your dough so that it’s about ¼ of an inch thick. Using your cookie cutter, cut out circle shapes and gently place on your lined baking sheet (about 1-2 inches apart from each other).
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes and allow the cookies to cool completely before decorating.
In the meantime, prepare your fondant shapes: first, line a pan with wax paper. Take half of your white fondant and add 2 small drops of black food coloring and fold. Continue folding until the fondant turns grey.
Lightly dust your working surface with cornstarch and roll out your grey fondant (about ¼ of an inch thick). Using the tip of your Wilton #12, cut out small circles and place on your wax paper-lined pan. Brush the silver food dust on each small fondant circle.
Take the rest of your fondant, and add it to whatever’s left of your grey fondant. Add 3 drops of black food coloring and fold until black-grey in shade.
Roll out on your working surface (you may add cornstarch if necessary) until about ¼ of an inch thick. Cut out long rectangular shapes and place on your wax paper.
Prepare your buttercream icing: using a stand or electric mixer, mix butter, sugar, and milk on high. Once the buttercream starts to form, add cocoa powder. You’ll want your buttercream to form stiff peaks, so add your sugar and/or milk accordingly (only one tablespoon at a time, though!).
Using your Wilton #233, frost each cookie with your chocolate buttercream. Then, add your rectangular strips diagonally across each cookie.
With a toothpick, add some frosting to the back of each silver fondant circle and add them to each strip of Chewbacca’s sash. Eat, enjoy, and May the 4th be with you!