Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Deep *DARTH* Chocolate Cookies

Desserts for Dudes
{Darth Vader Cookies}

Insert Imperial March here:
dum, dum, dum,
da, da, dum,
da, da, dum

Have you seen these cookie cutters from Williams-Sonoma?
 
These cutters make embossed cookies...they practically decorate themselves!

Kiddo had a friend coming over for the day, so I whipped up a few Darth Vader cookies.  I used this recipe (oh, and it is SO SO GOOD!), omitting the espresso powder because:
     a. I was out, and
     b. do 11-year-old boys really need espresso powder?

Now, these cookies are made with Dutch-process cocoa powder which makes them really dark, but I also added in some AmeriColor Super Black food coloring.  When tinting dough, just knead in the food coloring with your hands.  If the dough gets warm when you do this, pop it in the fridge for 30 minutes or so before rolling.

I rolled these out on a surface dusted with a combination of flour and cocoa powder.  Don't worry, if you see some on your cookies...it will bake right in.

One more tip....once cut, pop these in the freezer for 5-10 minutes before baking to prevent spreading.


Here's what they looked like just out of the oven....
...perfectly cute!  You really don't need to do anything else to them.

But, of course, I couldn't leave well enough alone.  I tried Amanda's (from i am baker) cookie decorating icing.  I need some more practice with it....mine was a little bumpy and Amanda's never is, but I really liked it.
 
It was shiny, and easy to adjust, and perfect for those times when you don't want to make a big batch of royal icing.
{There is a wonderful video of Amanda making her icing, here, on University of Cookie.}

Now that your cookies are made, it's time to break out your kid's Star Wars Legos and have some fun.  Yes, we're dorks.
 
{I was just informed that the Tie Fighter is backwards. Oops.}
{PS....if you want to see some great ideas for these cutters, visit Jenn and Bento for Kidlet! She is one cool mom!}

Who is your favorite Star Wars character?  
Me, I can't decide. I'm torn between C3PO, Yoda and Princess Leia's hair.

78 comments:

  1. LOVE this post. LOVE the cookies. LOVE yoda.

    I think *even I* could make these???

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  2. LOVE them!! I'm not a big Star Wars buff (gasp... I know, it's horrible!), but I pointed out these cookie cutters to my hubby when we were strolling through W-S a few weeks ago (read: I was strolling, dragging him along behind me). They look fun. I need to find a Star Wars fan to make these cookies for!

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  3. I am seriously loving you even MORE (didnt think it possible) after reading this post. The fact that you have a little Star Wars dork in you.. well, thats just the icing on the cake. Or cookies. Hey, nice icing by the way!! :)

    (thanks so much for the shout out.. you are SO generous, and I appreicate it)

    Now I MUST try to make black cookies. I have NEVER! But I want to.

    :)

    Blessings!
    Amanda

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  4. Well the *Force* was certainly with you when you made these cookies and wrote the post. *Luke, I am you Cookie* I'm still laughing.

    No doubt Kiddo and his pal had a great afternoon playing and then enjoying this snack made by his very special and talented Mom.

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  5. Hey... love the cookie molds. I just bought the pancake molds. Check out my blog....
    http://moogieland.blogspot.com/

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  6. Girl! Thank you for friending me! I love your site! it is rockin'! Love the darth cookies. can't wait to see the next post!

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  7. Such a cute post! I don't know anything about Star Wars (sorry!!) but these cookies are so cute. I love the simplicity. And your Lego pictures cracked me up!!

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  8. p.s. I'm totally adding you to my blogroll.check it! http://www.foodiehouse.blogspot.com

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  9. My husband and I found these cookie cutters, and I have never seen him so excited about cookies.

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  10. Cutest cookie ever! We're Star Wars dorks too and I was even Princess Leia when I was little for a costume party. We also go to Dragon Con every year to "people watch" when they come to Atlanta...good times!

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  11. These are so cute! Your son and his friends must have been thrilled. I love those cookie cutters. Williams Sonoma has the best things.

    Thanks for the great instruction!

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  12. these are great. good job with the black icing! it can be a challenge

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  13. Oh my these are so cool! My son is 10 and he and all his friends love Star Wars! I am so going to have to get these! You did a fab job! Way to go Mom!

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  14. Absolutely Awesome! My husband and son are HUGE Star War fans and would love these! Thanks for sharing how you did them and where to buy the cutters!

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  15. YAY!! These are so awesome :D I am add them to my now very long list of things to do with the cookie cutters

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  16. Luke...I am your cookie...

    HAHAHAHAHA! Oh I appreciate you!

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  17. Oh, these are hilarious! My favorite......chewbaka! :)

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  18. Wow! These are so amazing! I'm am Ewok fan, myself.

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  19. You crack me up! Those first photos were a hoot!

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  20. Those Star Wars cookies are awesome! How do you have time to make all those cute cookies? When I do cookies like this it is a major project and takes me an entire day!!

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  21. So stinkin cool!!! I want those cutters!!!!

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  22. this is such a cool idea to color the dough black! Now i want these cutters too!

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  23. These are fantastic. I love your photos with the legos.

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  24. I almost spit coffee on the computer when your blog opened up and I saw "Luke I am your cookie!" BAHAHAHAHA!!

    you are so funny!! these are so cute, I bet your son's friend thought you were the coolest mom EVER!!

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  25. Luke I am your Cookie!!!! LOL LOL
    Bridget thanks for making me laugh this morning!! These are precious and look so yummy!!

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  26. Those are awesome! I saw those cookie cutters in the window of the store and thought of you. They should have YOU for their window dressing.

    You whipped these up for a friend that was coming over?! You've got a very lucky Kiddo. I'll be over next Tuesday.

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  27. Hehe. These are so fun! Love Star Wars!

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  28. I bet your son and his friend loved these, they are so cool!! I love how the cookies cutters create the design themselves, brilliant!

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  29. They turned out fantastic! I'm SOOOO making these!

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  30. I cannot wait to make some Yoda cookies!

    @CRAZYMOM - they totally need to come out with some Ewok cookie cutters ASAP.

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  31. I have been eying up these molds - I LOVE just the simple black icing add to them, genius! (of course!)

    Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
    party inspiration

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  32. you are such a fun mom!

    i'm not a star wars fan (a cardinal sin to the MIL) but i think yoda is pretty cute. :-)

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  33. I love it. Chewie's my favorite by far.

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  34. Ok those are amazing! So cute! Plus...when I sent my mom mother's day cookies she mentioned really liking chocolate (I sent sugar cookies), so for fathers day - planned to send a combo of regular and chocolate - perfect timing!

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  35. So cute, so fun! My husband would go ga-ga for these, being the Star Wars geek he is.

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  36. Those look AMAZING. When I saw those cookie cutters I just could not wait to see what all the crafty and baking bloggers did with them. These do no disappoint!

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  37. I bought the Star Wars cookie cutters and pancake molds for my husband for Father's Day. (He's a HUGE fan.) Thank you for this post because now I have cute recipes for the Darth cookies and Yoda pancakes (thanks to Moogie)!

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  38. LOVE LOVE LOVE these cookies :)~

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  39. As usual, you did an awesome job! Good tip about popping the cookies in the freezer before baking, I will have to try that next time I am using a fancy cookie cutter!

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  40. These are awesome! I saw these cookie cutters recently and thought about buying them. I love all the pictures and the lego people are a great touch!

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  41. This is super cute. I bet a lot of people would love to receive these cookies-nice!

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  42. Love, love, love! One of my students gave me a WS gift certificate and I can't wait to get a set of these. What a great way to welcome home my son from Lego Camp next week. Love your pics!

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  43. I love these cookies! The idea is so new and the concept is fresh! The boys will definitely like this!
    dining room tables

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  44. So absolutely cute!! Gotta get these for my little boy. He just turned 22!

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  45. You are one cool mom Bridget! These are so fun. We are all about Lego Star Wars in my house too. Never thought I be a lego, or a star wars girl, you just never know what life is going to give you!

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  46. I just got these cutters last week and can't wait to use them! I have to admit I am a little nervous about the yoda one ;)

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  47. Hah, Princess Leia's hair :) That's cute.
    I absolutely love that you kept the design simple and just did icing in the lines! It's wonderful!

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  48. You have outdone yourself missy! These are the cutest cookies that my big kid (aka husband) would just love.

    Great post!

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  49. These are so cool! I think I may be have to get some molds now!

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  50. I made these, too! However, after I realized how difficult it was to pipe/flood them, I decided next time I'm just going to color the cookie dough - like you! Great post.

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  51. I so love those cookies! I know these are a must to get. Always loved me some Darth. So just have little bite size Darths lying around. AWESOME! lol

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  52. Well Honestly!
    I THOUGHT I had seen it all!
    But no!
    You had to pop up and SURPRISE me with BRIDGET GOES DARTH!!!!
    Of course YOU would use that scrumptious chocolate cookie recipe...and think to combine flour with COCOA for crying out loud to roll those cute cookies on!
    Oh I just LOVE Starwars!
    Such fond memories!
    And it would be a fantasy to give that squishy sweet face of YODA's a big ole KISS!!!!
    Love me some YODA!
    Bridget these cookies are the COOLEST DUDE cookies EVER!
    And I know your KIDDO and his friends LOVED snacking on them!
    Oh how I wish you were within driving distance!
    I'd be popping over with some cucumber dip...on my blog now....and hangin in your kitchen and just watching YOU GO!!!!!
    Love me some BRIDGET too!
    xoxoxoxo

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  53. So much fun! You are a delight to read:)

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  54. My little guy would love these for the Star Wars bday party he wants this year!

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  55. PS - my boyfriend, a Star Wars geek, informed me it's a 'tie bomber', not a 'tie fighter'

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  56. Forget kids! My husband is going to LOVE ME for these! thank you!!!

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  57. You are officially the coolest Mom EVAH!!!

    Now, when I follow these directions, my Little Buddy will think I am, too!!!

    Thanks!
    Robyn

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  58. I HAVE seen these cookies at Williams, and your post is hilarious! Luke...I am your cookie!

    Thanks for your great cookie icing tips. I'm also tempted to try those gouda biscotti--maybe with cheddar?

    By the way, where did you get dutch-processed cocoa powder? What brand is it? They used to sell it at the regular grocery store but I can't seem to find it anymore.

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  59. Danger Kitten...hi! I get dutch-process cocoa at my grocery store. Hershey's now labels it as "Special Dark." If not, try King Arthur Flour or even Amazon. :)

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  60. I'm just catching up on your blog. And have just rang Williams-Sonoma from the UK to order these cookie cutters for my 10 yr old son - he is going to LOVE them! thanks for your inspirational blog

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  61. I'm just catching up on your blog. And have just rang Williams-Sonoma from the UK to order these cookie cutters for my 10 yr old son - he is going to LOVE them! thanks for your inspirational blog

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  62. Hey Bridget! I just gave you the sunshine award. It's on my blog so come by to pick it up and see the blurp I wrote about you on there. Your blog always makes me smile and drop my jaw in awe of your creations!

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  63. Bridget, Thanks for all the lovely tutorials in Youtube.

    I'm going to try my 1st batch of decorated cookies today. I'll see how it goes.

    For black, in Asia, we have something called the bamboo charcoal which can be added to any kind of dough to be baked, and turn the whole thing black.

    What more.. it has health properties!

    Do you want some to be sent to you? If you would send me your mailing address.. I'll see if you can send you some.

    My site : mysugarnspice.net
    email : zarasmama@gmail.com

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  64. Hi Bake @ 350 - I was wondering if this icing dries hard like royal icing does? I would like to try it. Thanks so much.

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  65. Wow, you are a genius! My husband insisted I get these because he is a complete Star Wars fanatic. I am a novice at cookie decorating (and most of what I know I learned from you!) and I just about killed myself trying to decorate Vader and the Storm Trooper! Yours are just perfect.

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  66. Hi Bridget! I have been Talk about this post on my Blog! I hope you enjoy it!

    http://laalexinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2010/11/deep-darth-chocolate-cookies.html

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  67. This post brought back memories of mom dressing my hair like Princess Leia... to go to SCHOOL!!!! hahahaI ended up naming my dog after her... Princess Leia ;)

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  68. cool cookies!! Darth Vader is my fav XD I like the villains.

    Love lego's yo!

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  69. I just had to make Darth Vader for a cupcake and I soooooo could have used the cookie cutters you used...they would have made my life so much easier, but of course I found this post of yours "after"...lol! They look awesome, and I'm sure your kiddo loved them!!!

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  70. I have the urge to go play with WizKids Star Wars legos now. LOL

    Chewbacca was ALWAYS my favorite. I just love him. Other than all the hair he's the perfect man

    Big
    Tall
    Strong
    A serious warrior
    And because you can't understand what he says, he'll never win an argument. :)

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  71. Hahahaha what awesome cookies!
    Thanks for sharing this =D

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  72. Hi Bridget....I just made these today and while they turned out delicious...they are brown and not black, so I am not sure if I will ice them with black....did you color the dough black? If so, at what stage of the cookie making, and did you use your black Americolor coloring or something different? Thanks for the help!

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    1. Hi there....yes, I did. I just copied this from the post above...

      "Now, these cookies are made with Dutch-process cocoa powder which makes them really dark, but I also added in some AmeriColor Super Black food coloring. When tinting dough, just knead in the food coloring with your hands. If the dough gets warm when you do this, pop it in the fridge for 30 minutes or so before rolling."

      The color was kneaded in after the dough was completely mixed. Hope that helps! :)

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  73. Thanks for a great idea and for sharing your gorgeous photos! these cookies are made with Dutch-process cocoa powder which makes them really dark. They look awesome, and I'm sure your kiddo loved them!!!hanks for your inspirational blog

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  74. Do you happen to remember how many cookies this recipe made? I am making them for my sons birthday party and we are expecting 40-50 people so wondering if I should double, triple, quadruple?!

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    1. I think you'll get about 15 or so per batch. :)

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