Friday =The Mandalorian
It’s been a long week and I’m ready to curl up on the couch with Baby Yoda and some delicious snacks. Anyone else with me?!
To kick-off the second season of The Mandalorian, last week I made one of my favorite Baby Yoda food items to enjoy for our at-home watch party– Baby Yoda deviled eggs!
Of course I needed a new treat for this week’s episode, and luckily, I had the perfect inspiration from Chapter 9: The Marshal. If you saw the episode, and even if you didn’t but saw the previews, you know there are banthas in this season of The Mandalorian.
Well, they were just so furry and *kinda* cute, that I immediately knew they would make a fun (and tasty) Star Wars cookie.
Yep, this is how my mind works. I’m always thinking about Star Wars, cookies, and blog projects. 🙂
Grab a glass of blue Bantha milk, these cookies are the perfect treat for your watch party of The Mandalorian.
Bantha Cookies Inspired by Those Big, Furry Creatures We Love on Tatooine
- 3/4 c. butter, softened
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2-2 1/2 c. flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 sticks of salted butter, room temperature
- 1/4 c. cocoa powder
- 3 c. powdered sugar (half of a bag)
- 2 tsp. of vanilla extract
- 3-4 tbsp. milk
- Peanut butter
- Bantha cookie stencil
- White candy melts
- Wax paper
- Baking spray
- 3 icing bags
- 2 icing couplers
- Small round icing tip
- Grass tip
First prepare your Bantha horns so that they have time to set. Print out this picture of a Bantha to use as your cookie stencil and for reference. Place the image underneath a piece of wax paper, then lightly grease the top of the wax paper with baking spray.
Melt the white candy melts according to the package instructions, then place the melted chocolate in an icing bag. Cut the tip off of the bag, then pipe the Bantha horn design (the fully visible horn and the smaller pieces that are not fully visible) on top of the wax paper, using the image beneath it as your guide. Repeat to make as many horns as you need for your cookies. Let the chocolate horns set for 30-60 minutes before removing from the wax paper.
Prepare your sugar cookies. Beat the softened butter in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Mix in the sugar, egg, and salt. Next, add the flour a 1/2 a cup at a time until the dough forms and pulls cleanly off the sides of the bowl. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out the dough to a 1/4 in. thickness on a floured surface. Print and cut out this Bantha image and use it as a stencil to cut out Bantha shapes with a paring knife.
Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, watching carefully so that the edges do not brown. Let the cookies cool while you prepare the buttercream.
While cookies aren’t always iced with buttercream, but more commonly royal icing, I chose to use buttercream since I knew it would easily hold the “Bantha fur” design I was after. (And it’s also delicious!)
Using a stand or hand mixer, first beat the softened butter (I let my stand mixer go for several minutes until the butter mixture is creamy). Then add the vanilla, a tablespoon or so of milk, and the cocoa powder until blended and smooth. Slowly add your powdered sugar until all of it is incorporated. Next, add an additional tablespoon of milk or so, if needed, until you reach your desired frosting consistency. Taste test to be sure it’s perfect!
Prepare two icing bags. One with the grass tip and the chocolate buttercream. The second with the small round tip and a few tablespoons of peanut butter (this will be used for the Bantha’s mouth).
Cover the entire cookie in chocolate buttercream with your grass tip so that it appears to be the hair of the Bantha. Add the mouth of the Bantha with peanut butter and your small round icing tip.
Place a full-sized horn on top right of the Bantha’s head, then place two smaller pieces so that they are peeking out from the left side of the Bantha’s head.
Add extra chocolate buttercream “hair: so that it dangles over the Bantha’s left horn pieces and the mouth, if desired.
Grab some blue milk and enjoy this Bantha treat!