in a galaxy not too far away,
a rebel spy returned with secret plans
for the ultimate snack.
Actually, the “spy” just bought some pretty nifty cookie cutters from Williams Sonoma.
I’d first seen them over at Dessert Girl’s blog, and I immediately earmarked them as a “must-have souvenir”. Luckily, Mr. Kitchen Hand was more than obliging on his recent trip to New York, and I was soon the proud owner of a Stormtrooper, Darth, Bobba Fett and Yoda. Question: why is there only one good guy in the pack? Is it because we feel better about eating the baddies?
Of course, I needed to test these as soon as possible. According to the recipe that came in the box, the dough makes 24 cookies. However, I like my cookies with a bit of snap, so I made them thinner than suggested and ended up with about 36. I won’t post the recipe because it’s very similar to a sugar cookie recipe, and I’m sure you’ll either have your own favourite version, or can find one pretty easily. For the icing, I used a royal icing powder available from cake decorating suppliers.
This is the first time I’ve used an ejector-style cookie cutter, and I have to say these are fantastic. I love how the features of the characters are really clearly marked on the cookie. However, make sure you work with very cold dough, and put them into the oven as soon as they’ve been cut out. If the dough warms up too much, the features don’t stay as sharp when baked.
The cutters worked better when dipped in flour, to prvent the dough from sticking too much. I also found it useful to have a skewer, or toothpick, and a dry pastry brush on hand to clean the cutters as I went.
As you can see, I had heaps of fun decorating the cookies.
I used the run out technique to decorate the cookies. Using royal icing, pipe around the edges of the cookies, and any features you don't want filled in. Then thin down the royal icing until it flows well (but not too watery or it will end up looking veyr patchy) and fill the large areas in. This can be done using a piping bag (neater) or a teaspoon (lazy version). Guess which I used?
And taking photos of them.
"You underestimate the power of the Dark Side. If you will not fight, then you will meet your destiny."
Where's a wookie when you need one?
Eat you, I must
The MC's had a crack at decorating too:
Stormtrooper meets Hello Kitty. (sorry, I had Yoda upside down in this shot!)
Did I mention that Mr. Kitchen Hand paid a visit to MoMA?
But we probably had the most fun eating them!
And just so you know, I'm not the only one with a Star Wars fixation :)