WOOKIEE COOKIES

And here’s another classic from our regular collection of cookies ;) I know my brother will be particularly pleased with this one, as he would eat these with absolutely no shame. I know some of you are probably thinking, WTF is a wookiee? I sincerely hope that this is a very considerable minority. Therefore, I hope that the other 99% of you had a good laugh at the name of this post/recipe.

A little background as to how it came to be so popular first, though.  My brother was considerably attached to the original Star Wars franchise as a kid/teenager.  Something that the rest of my family took into account and mercilessly bombarded him with presents at both Christmas and birthdays that were associated with Star Wars.  One year, this gift happened to be a Star Wars cookbook with Chewbacca featuring prominently on the cover.  We all had a good laugh, as usual, and while meant with the best intentions, my brother was never enthusiastically found in the kitchen, so baking and cooking from this book fell largely first to my mom, and then to me.

The wookiee cookies of this particular post were something special and were actually devoured within 2 days (at most) of them being baked.  Granted, cookies rarely lasted longer than a week in our household to begin with, however there was something about these that was different.  So much so that when the last container came out of the freezer (where we logically stored the ones that weren’t being eaten at the time) the container was suspiciously empty.  My brother of course had to own up to it, because well, frankly, who eats frozen cookies.  Apparently, these were exceptional, dare I say even better, at sub-zero temperatures?  It seems that yes, while good at any time (or temperature), they were even more desirable cold.

At this point I would like to say to my brother, specifically I think, that I managed to convey both your crazy obsession with the franchise and your intensity in which you crave(d) these cookies frozen!

Here goes!

WOOKIEE COOKIES

2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
as many chocolate chips as you so desire ;)

Preheat oven to 375F.  Prepare baking sheets, either by greasing or by lining with parchment paper.

Sift together dry ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.

Cream butter with sugars in a bowl of an electric mixer until well mixed and smooth.  Add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla.  Mix until all well combined.

Mix in dry ingredients until just combined.  Dump in the chocolate chips and finish combining all the ingredients together with a spatula.  Drop the cookies onto the prepared baking sheets by rounded teaspoons.  These cookies do spread, so make sure there is enough space in between to take into account cookie growth.

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Bake in the oven approximately 10 minutes.  These cookies turn a lovely golden brown, so trying to figure out when they’re finished is pleasantly easy.

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Remove from the cookies from the sheets when they’re done and put them on cooling racks to completely cool.  Pack in airtight containers or simply eat to your heart’s content — at whatever temperature you desire!

One small note that I find interesting – my mom and I have both made these cookies probably more times than I can count.  However, when she makes them, they don’t spread as much as when I make them.  The reason for this still eludes me, and I could potentially devote the rest of my life making just these cookies until I find out what exactly it could be (ratio of sugars to butter, temperature of ingredients when baking, etc), but there are too many things to be done in my life and I just won’t do it, no matter how good these cookies are ;)

Enjoy!

Thanks for reading! Happy eats!
xoxo
~e.

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