10 May 2012

Star Wars: Wookie Cookies & Lightsaber Napkin Rings

It's utter madness to invite eighteen tweens back to your house for supper after they've been slogging each other out at laser strike for an hour. And then to offer them more sugar in the form of Yoda Sodas and Wookie Cookies and expect them to quietly watch a movie...
Really, what were we thinking...???!

Ahhhh well, we survived popcorn fights, lightsaber battles and spilled yoda sodas, but the kids had a great time and that's what counts, right? We are suckers for punishment.

Never again, Mr G said to me as he mopped up the lime soda and icecream sloshed all over the carpet.
Never again, I agreed.

Next time we go to a gym. Or indoor rockclimbing. Or to Big Ups where they can put on Sumo suits and bash each other's head in without leaving a mess for us to clean up. Hehehe.

However, you might be planning a more sedate Star Wars event, a daytime party or family movie night.
So here for your benefit, is my very Chewie Wookie Cookie recipe, and my supa-dupa easy lightsaber napkin rings made out of toilet rolls.

My pain, your gain!

125g of butter, softened
1/4 cup of sugar
3 tablespoons condensed milk
a splash of vanilla essence
1 and a half cups of plain flour*
1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 cup of chocolate chips

  • Cream the butter, sugar, condensed milk and vanilla together until light and fluffy.
  • Sift Flour, cocoa and baking powder together and combine with choc chips into the creamed mixture.
  • Place smallish spoonfuls onto an oven tray lined with baking paper, leaving space in between to allow for spreading.
Bake for 15-20 minutes at 180°C, or until golden.
Allow to cool and harden before decorating.
(Makes a lovely "chewy" cookie... perfect for turning into hairy Wookies)

*To make these cookies gluten free, use all-purpose gluten free baking mix instead of plain flour.

  1. This mixture tends to spread and runs together, so trim off unwanted corners
  2. Use Squeezable tubes of dark and white chocolate fudge, silver and pink glitter icing to create the facial features (available in most supermarkets; Baking aisle)
  3. Use the dark silver to apply eyes, nose and mouth (each face can be different if you like; I made my noses roughly triangular)
  4. Use white chocolate to add teeth and whites of eyes

Then finish off with dark fudge squiggles for hair and a line of glitter pink (or red) to finish off a gummy smile. Isn't he cute??

(NOTE: Alternatively you can just use dark and white chocolate, using dark choc in place of silver for facial features and omitting pink gums)

These are so easy when made out of collected cardboard toilet rolls... and cost almost nothing to make!

Toilet rolls (the cardboard "inner")
Black acrylic paint
silver duct tape
paper napkins in red, blue and or green

  1. Paint your toilet rolls black and leave to dry
  2. Cut a piece of duct tape slightly longer than the height of the toilet roll. Snip then rip off a piece approx 5mm wide. Fix onto toilet roll as shown.
  3. Repeat until you have five thin stripes of duct tape on the roll, evenly spaced.
  4. Apply two slightly wider pieces of duct tape around the top and bottom of your roll, and then cut a small rectangular piece to be the "switch" (needs to be narrower than the space between stripes)

Then simply roll up a few paper napkins and stuff them into your lightsaber handles... voila! Lightsaber napkin holders. Too easy, right?

{Don't be surprised if they are very popular as weapons with young Jedi}

If you have the patience you could make one for each guest... or for quick and effective table decor,
do what I did and put them in the centre of the table as bulk napkin holders.

I decorated the table with glow sticks - 15 in a pack for $2 from most dollar stores. 

For an extra Star Wars-y treat, enjoy some Yoda Sodas - but I recommend eating them AT THE TABLE. Don't serve them to your guests on a tray in the movie room... when the whole tray of them topples over and sloshes all over the carpet you'll see what I mean (but at least you'll be glad you never bothered re-carpeting... and even gladder it was your husband holding the tray...)

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