Merry SITHmas and Happy HOTHidays! Tis the season to celebrate and decorate and what better way to do it than with cookies! Cookie ornaments are an old fashioned treat and whether you use them to decorate or just eat, they are a lot of fun to make – especially when Star Wars is involved!
The Yoda cookie cutter is from Williams Sonoma, and I like them because they always leave exact imprints. I’ve used their other cutters for Captain America mini hand pies, Hulk cookie ice cream sandwiches, and the faces always come out perfectly.
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1 Tablespoon matcha (green tea powder)
2 teaspoons of lemon zest
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
Powdered green tea, aka matcha, is what gives Yoda his striking green color. It has great flavor and the best part is you don’t even need food coloring. You can find matcha in Japanese markets or online.
In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, matcha and lemon zest. To me, the lemon just adds a little something, almost undetectable, yet adds so much flavor. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until combined. Add the egg.
Slowly add in the flour until it is incorporated. The dough will form quickly, and when it starts to pull away from the bowl, it’s done!
Split the dough into two and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill until you are ready to use.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prep baking sheets with silpats.
Start rolling out the dough. I use powdered sugar instead of flour so it doesn’t get that dough-y taste and the sugar adds a slight sweetness. Roll the dough to about 1/4 inch thick.
Use your cutter to cut out the yoda shapes, place them on the silpat lined baking sheet. For the loop, use a small round cutter – or I just used a coupler, approx 3/4″ – 1″ round.
Make a hole in the center using a straw, then cut the whole thing in half so you get two rainbow shapes.
Take one of the halves and press it to the top of Yoda’s head. This will bake together and attach itself, but still leave a hole that goes all the way through.
Bake for 8-10 minutes depending on your oven. Let cool on a wire rack.
Once cooled, loop a ribbon through the hole. Now you’re ready to decorate your tree!