Is September really almost half way over? Yesterday I was in the car when a Modest Mouse song shuffled on and it hit home in a way songs haven’t spoken to me since I was an unhappy 20-something with a crappy boyfriend. I couldn’t be happier right now if I tried. Our 2nd book is with the copy editor now. One of my favorite Bens came to visit Brooklyn. We brunched, ate vegan ice cream and all was merry. I haven’t had to take any medication stronger than a prenatal vitamin in like 3 months. Bedrest is over. Our daughter is 2 months old. She’s healthy, smart and really freaking cute. Yet – The good times really are kinda killing me…
You wouldn’t think it would be so hard having someone so little and sweet love you so much all the time. I honestly really enjoy a game we invented called “smooshing faces” – where she just presses her face to mine. This baby may have eaten my brain a little or maybe I’m just really freaking exhausted from being so freaking happy all the time. I know this is braggy and I’m tempting fate. I also know that most of you reading this are like “Please shut the fuck up now.*” and I also strangely appreciate how politely you’re flipping me off in your head… really I’m in a place where I can even appreciate being told to stuff it in a civil way. I mean – whatever – you do you. I’ll do me – right?
But all that aside we have big stuff coming up in the next few days… yep. DAYS!** And so today’s post is a belated cookie recipe from 2012. Back then I made a premature promise to veganize The Star Wars Cookbook. Then I read it*** and it was instantly clear that this was a cookbook made for kids. It had clever names for recipe like Hoth Chocolate and Obi-Wan Kebabs but the recipes lacked a certain desirable challenge to them. I get bored easy. I can be a jerk like that and so I made these Wookie Cookies and then moved on to more exciting pursuits. It wasn’t till I was cleaning up my photo files yesterday that I noticed these actually quite yummy cookies hiding away in folder that was labeled “Marisa’s Baby Shower“**** and remember that they were never posted as promised.
So you might be wondering what a Wookie Cookie actually is. Well my nerf herding friends… they’re soft brown sugar and cinnamon cookies with chocolate chips in them and they’re quite delightful and super easy. They were actually so easy to veganize – I feel kinda guilty even posting them. But that’s silly right? These cookies shouldn’t be punished for not being a pain in the ass. Maybe they can even help take the edge off while the internet taunts us daily with “leaked” news about the upcoming episode VII and we all wait with bated breath for Disney to add the coolest Princess in any galaxy to its doll line (as promised).
They certainly added to our bliss when I remade them last night to retest this recipe. I’m going to go knock on some wood now… enjoy these cookies. See you tomorrow!
* To quote a message I got 3 days after our daughter was born and apparently I was posting too many photos on FB – “No one cares about your baby. Please just post recipes.” – I get it. I mean it was a little rude but whatever. You’re not stealing my sunshine.
Vegan Wookie Cookies
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup margarine
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons applesauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups vegan chocolate chips
- Step 1 Heat oven to 375.
- Step 2 In one bowl mix flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
- Step 3 In another bowl, blend margarine, brown sugar and sugar with an electric hand held mixer until creamy. Then mix in applesauce and vanilla. Once your margarine mix is completely blended add your flour mix and mix with your electric hand held mixer. Once you have a firm dough, fold in your chocolate chips with a large spoon.
- Step 4 Using your hands or a large soup spoon, shape your cookie dough into round disks smaller than your palm. Place your formed cookie disks on a lined cookie sheet about an inch apart.
- Step 5 Put in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes or until they are dry looking on the outside and a light golden brown. The longer you bake ’em the more crispy they’re going to be. I know I don’t have to tell you that but experience has taught me that I might have to tell some of you that.
- Step 6 The Star Wars cookbook says this will make about 3 dozen cookies… I got almost 2 out of this recipe. Maybe the force just isn’t as strong with this one (me). OK that’s a little bit of a bummer.