A fun Star Wars dessert recipe for Christmas, these Chewbacca-inspired Gingerbread Wookie Cookies are a fun gift idea for the Star Wars fan in your life, or just a fun treat for a Star Wars movie night during the holidays.
Star Wars Cookies Recipe
There are few moments that make a Star Wars geek prouder than hearing their child wake up early in the morning, sneak into the living room, and decide of their own volition to watch Star Wars.
Ella has “liked” Star Wars for a couple of years now, but this year has seen her go full-geek, creating her own Star Wars artwork, begging for Star Wars movie marathons, and coming up with her own little Star Wars jokes and quips.
She’s also just as much of a Christmas person as I am (well, almost…) so I thought these Wookie Cookies would be the perfect surprise for her for a family movie night!
(However, these cookies don’t have to be relegated to Christmas time only – Star Wars is always in season!)
The dough needs to set in the fridge for about two hours, so you have a couple options – prep it in the afternoon and bake just before watching. Or, if you’re planning on watching a couple episodes, you can prepare the dough before the start of one and bake the cookies just in time for the second episode! Decorate while you’re watching for Maximum Star Wars Christmas Status.
Can you freeze these cookies? Gingerbread cookies are one of the few cookies that you can freeze (either decorated or undecorated) without a flavor or quality loss! You can also freeze the dough and just allow it to come to room temperature before baking, so choose whichever works best for you!
This recipe is also featured in our Classic Christmas Cookies ebook, where we have gathered 40 of our favorite Christmas cookie recipes – from Peanut Butter Buckeyes to Easy Shortbread, Cream Cheese Mints to Toffee Biscuits!
These cookies all share a few things in common:
- They are easy enough for the kids to help make
- They require no special ingredients requiring visits to 5 different grocery stores
- They are Christmas classics that everyone will be excited to see at the Cookie Exchange
- And they are delicious!
To make your holiday baking even easier, we’ve included several tips to ensure the best results so you can just focus on having fun with your kids and trust that these cookies will turn out perfectly, every time.
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Star Wars Gingerbread Cookies Ingredients
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cups fancy molasses
- ½ cup blackstrap molasses or black treacle
- 5 ½ cups flour
- 2 teaspoons ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cloves, optional
For the Royal Icing:
- 4 cups icing sugar
- ½ cream of tartar
- 3 egg whites
- Gel food coloring: brown/bronze, black
Tip: if you’re not a fan of royal icing, you can alternatively use melted candy melts to decorate these gingerbread cookies.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Gingerbread man cookie cutter
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mixing bowl
- Electric mixer
- Cookie sheet
How to Make Star Wars Gingerbread Wookies
In a large bowl, beat shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Beat in eggs and both types of molasses, one at a time. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, stir together the dry ingredients and slowly incorporate into the wet mixture.
Divide dough into 2 balls or discs, cover and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 325F
Roll dough out on floured surface to ½” thickness and cut into desired shapes. Bake 12-15 minutes until firm to the touch.
For the royal icing, beat all ingredients together for 7-10 minutes until stiff and thick.
Divide the royal icing into three bowls, but do not divide evenly. You will need more brown icing, slightly less gray icing, and very little black icing. Divide accordingly.
Dye the icings with the gel food coloring until your desired pigments are achieved.
Scoop the icing into three separate piping bags. Make a very small cut on the tip of brown icing’s piping bag and use to make Chewbacca’s sash.
Repeat with the gray frosting, making the ammunition packs. Go back over the ammunition packs with a line of brown icing, and then add gray studs. (See pictures.)
Use the black icing to make small facial characteristics.
Allow the icing to dry for an hour or overnight before enjoying.
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These Wookie Cookies (so much fun to say!) are a special treat for the Star Wars fan in your life and a great addition to a family movie night featuring some of the best movies ever made.