Bantha Milk

May 4: Star Wars Day

Want something super simple to drink as a last-minute observance of Star Wars Day? Then prepare Bantha Milk—that (in)famous blue beverage first seen in “Episode IV: A New Hope” where Luke’s aunt Beru served it to him for supper as a nutritious drink. Wookieepedia lists other appearances of Bantha Milk in movies and books within the Star Wars universe. There are also boozy Bantha Milk cocktails, Blue Milk shakes and various versions of this recipe. But we wanted to post a quick and easy drink recipe that is sure to be a total “blue milk run” to celebrate Star Wars Day. May the 4th be with you!

Recipe

  • Milk (cow, goat, sheep, almond, coconut, cashews, etc.)
  • Blue food coloring

Directions

In a clear pitcher, pour the milk. Add a few drops of blue food coloring. Mix until well blended. Refrigerate until ready to drink. Pour into glasses or cups and serve cold.

Notes

  • The “lightsaber straws” are actually plastic spoons that came in a cereal box a long, long time ago and a galaxy far, far away.
  • Serve Bantha Milk with Wookieee Cookies.
  • See our Theme Menus and scroll down to the Star Wars section to see a list of recipe ideas.

 

Star Wars Cookies

Star Wars Cookies

December 18, 2015: Premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

May the Force be with you…and with your spirit! Fans are literally out in full force as the new movie in the third trilogy of the famous film/space saga, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, opens worldwide in theaters today (although some lucky fans got to see the movie earlier at the Hollywood/Los Angeles premiere). We had to reserve our tickets online a few weeks earlier to get good seats at the movie theater tonight!

In eager anticipation of the long-awaited Star Wars film, we made sugar cookies to share with co-workers and friends to observe the movie’s release date. What an excuse to use some of the cookie cutters that Highlander gifted Islander one year!

Star Wars cookie cutters

We have posted two simple recipes on our blog today: basic green Yoda sugar cookies and dark chocolate-cinnamon Darth Vader cookies. Even though these classic characters are part of the previous trilogies, enjoy these sweet treats for a multi-generational Star Wars celebration or for a unique holiday cookie exchange.

Recipes

For the Yoda Sugar Cookies

(Adapted from Williams-Sonoma)

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • green food coloring (we used Wilton “leaf green” food paste/gel coloring)

Directions

In a bowl, combine the flour and salt. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter with the sugar. Beat in the egg. Add the vanilla.

Yoda Cookies

Gradually add the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Mix until a dough is formed. Tint with green food coloring to the desired shade of “Yoda”. Roll the dough into a large ball, divide in thirds, cover and refrigerate until firm (about an hour).

Yoda Cookies

Roll out dough ¼-inch thick. Cut out shapes with Yoda cookie cutter. Place on a lightly greased baking pan. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes to firm up the dough. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand for five minutes before transferring the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely and become crisp.

Yoda Cookies

For the Darth Vader Dark Chocolate-Cinnamon Cookies

(Adapted from Southern Living Incredible Cookies)

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder (we used Hershey’s Special Dark—for an intense color and “dark side” taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups butter, softened
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

In a bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, salt and ground cinnamon. Set aside.

Darth Vader Cookies

In a mixing bowl, cream the butter with the powdered sugar. Beat in the eggs. Add the vanilla. Gradually add the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Mix until a sticky dough is formed.

Darth Vader Cookies

Roll the dough into a large ball, divide in half or thirds, cover and refrigerate until firm (about an hour). Roll out dough ¼-inch thick. Cut out shapes with Darth Vader cookie cutter. Place on a lightly greased baking pan. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes to firm up the dough. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand for five minutes before transferring the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely and become crisp.

Darth Vader Cookies

Notes

  • Jedi mind tricks and tips: Roll out the dough between sheets of waxed paper and chill until ready to use. Keep the cut-out cookie dough very cold to retain its shape while baking in the oven. Dip cookie cutters in a little flour to prevent them from sticking to the dough.
  • We halved the Darth Vader cookie recipe for this post.
  • Search our blog for other Star Wars recipe ideas.

Princess Leia’s Danish ‘Do’s

Princess Leia Danish Dos

May 4: National “Star Wars” Day

Farrah Fawcett’s feathered mane. Jennifer Aniston’s friendly “Rachel” layers. Kate Gosselin’s short spikes. Princess Leia’s Danish ‘do’s could be on the list of the entertainment industry’s (in)famous and iconic hairstyles! Carrie Fisher’s royal rebel character debuted her hairdo (or hair don’t?) in the 1977 “Star Wars” movie and has been copied by costumers ever since. We have seen wigged-out women and girls dressed in white gowns on Halloween and female fans at “Star Wars” events we have attended (“Star Wars Celebration III” in Indiana, “Star Wars: In Concert” in Texas, “Star Wars: The Magic of Myth” in New York and “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination” in Illinois).

Although Islander doesn’t dress up like the diehards, she does bake movie mood food, such as basic cinnamon rolls resembling Princess Leia’s (Danish) ‘Do’s, to commemorate “Star Wars” themed events, like National “Star Wars” Day on May 4th. “May the Fourth be with you!”

Recipe

(Adapted from The Star Wars Cookbook by Robin Davis)

Ingredients

  • 1 10-ounce package of refrigerated pizza dough
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon sugar (we used McCormick brand)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Remove the pizza dough from the package and unroll onto a lightly-floured work surface. Brush the melted butter over the pizza dough. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the buttered dough. Roll up on the long side into a log. Pinch the seam to seal well. Cut the log into one-inch thick slices and discard the ends.

Princess Leia Danish Dos

Place the slices onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from the oven and let cool for five minutes before transferring the rolls to a wire rack to cool for five minutes more. Meanwhile, make the frosting by stirring the milk and powdered sugar into a paste. Add the vanilla and mix well. Frost the tops of the cinnamon rolls. Serve warm.

Princess Leia Danish Dos

Notes

  • Make your own cinnamon sugar sprinkles for this recipe by combining two tablespoons of granulated white sugar and 1 ½ teaspoons of ground cinnamon.
  • Star Wars Day is also celebrated on May 25 in honor of the classic movie’s first 1977 release date.
  • Search our blog for other “Star Wars” themed recipe posts.

Wookiee Cookies

Wookiee Cookies

November 17: Life Day from “The Stars Wars Holiday Special”

Chewbacca’s nickname describes these “Star Wars” themed chocolate chip cookies: chewy! The recipe is originally from The Star Wars Cookbook by Robin Davis but it is also on the official “Star Wars” and “Star Wars Holiday Special” websites. Chewie’s son, Lumpawaroo (Lumpy), ate “Wookiee-ookiees” (Wookiee Cookies) in a scene from the infamous “Star Wars Holiday Special” released on television on November 17, 1978. Bake a batch of these chewy cookies to celebrate Life Day and the upcoming holidays.

Recipe

(Adapted from “Wookiee Cookies: A Star Wars Cookbook” by Robin Davis)

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

Mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon) in a bowl and set aside. In a mixer, cream the butter with the sugars. Add the eggs and vanilla. Gradually stir in the flour mixture until the dough is well blended.

Fold in the chocolate chips. Scoop an inch of the dough onto baking sheets, leaving some space apart to allow the cookies to expand while baking.

Wookiee Cookies

Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave the cookies on the baking sheet for about five minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: About three dozen cookies.

Wookiee Cookies

Notes

Yoda Soda

Yoda Soda

May 21: Movie release date of The Empire Strikes Back

Essence of Dagobah drink you should on this day, from the swamp planet of Jedi Master Yoda where exiled he was to teach young Luke Skywalker about the ways of The Force. Debuted Yoda has on May 21, 1980, in The Empire Strikes Back,” the fifth episode in the “Star Wars” space saga. Become a popular puppet he has!  Celebrate Highlander and Islander do of the movie release date with a libation of lime recipe. The “carbonated freeze,” Yoda Soda, called it is. May the fizz be with you!

Recipe

(Adapted from Wikibooks)

Ingredients

  • Lime sherbet
  • Lemon-lime soda (7Up, Sprite, etc.)
  • Lime wedges (optional)

Directions

For each serving, in a tall glass put two scoops of lime sherbet in the bottom. Pour one cup of lemon-lime soda to create the swamp-like fizz. Mix lightly to distribute the green color. Garnish with a wedge of lime. Serve immediately.

Yoda Soda

Notes