Wookiee Monster

There’s less than a month to go until the Force will supposedly awaken. And here I am baking cookies.

Wookiee cookies to be exact. With oats, coconut, toffee bits and a hint of chocolate. The toffee bits will melt a bit in the oven and make these cookies a little…wait for it…chewy.

Honestly, I don’t have a lot to say about beer this week. This whole Star Wars thing has occupied most of my attention. However, I did stumble upon this little gem last time I was at my favorite beer haunt.

wells-sticky-toffee-pudding-ale-63For this recipe I used Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale. This isn’t the first oddball beer flavor for the Charles Wells brewing family – this is the same brewery that put out the Banana Bread beer among others. This one comes very close to conjuring up an accurate likeness of the British dessert: rich caramel malt tones and a hint of molasses-like sweetness.

Can’t find the aforementioned ale? An English Brown Ale (e.g. Newcastle or Naramata Nut Brown) or a sweet oak-aged brew would do just fine.

Toffee Ale Wookiee Cookies

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The wild cookie, in its natural environment.

For the cookies:
3/4 cup unsalted butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1/4 cup brown ale

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1 cup large flake rolled oats

1 cup quick-cooking oats

1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1 cup flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 cup toffee bits

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (325°F in a convection oven).
  2. Cream butter and sugar.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla to butter mixture and beat until smooth.
  4. Gradually stir in cocoa, oats and coconut to butter mixture.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking soda.
  6. Add flour mixture to butter mixture gradually, stirring well.
  7. Add toffee bits to dough and fold to combine.
  8. Chill dough for at least one hour and up to 24 hours. The more time the dough has to rest, the more moisture the oats will absorb and the less it will spread out on the cookie sheet.
  9. Scoop dough with a teaspoon and form into balls, pressing down lightly onto nonstick or greased baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  11. Place on wire rack to cool.

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Wookiee Cookie Icing

Chocolate:
1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar

2 tbsp. dark cocoa powder

3 tsp. milk

3 tbsp. corn syrup

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Vanilla:

1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar

3 tsp. milk

2 tbsp. corn syrup

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

  1. Stir confectioner’s sugar, cocoa and milk together.
  2. Add corn syrup and combine until smooth. If icing is too thick to put in an icing bag, add a bit more corn syrup.
  3. Pour icing into piping bag fitted with a small round tip.

To Decorate:

  1. With the chocolate icing, draw two lines across the cookie’s “chest” to make the outline of the ammo belt.
  2. Fill in this line with more of the chocolate icing and smooth over the top.
  3. Use the vanilla icing to make those cute little snaggle-teeth and eyes. Add a little bit of food coloring for the eyes if you don’t want your wookiees to look possessed.
  4. Draw lines or add silverettes to the ammo belt to make your wookiee look more vicious.
  5. If you’re seriously having trouble with this and need more detailed instructions, Ro from Nerdy Nummies has an excellent tutorial on her Youtube channel using melted chocolate.
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