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easy Star Wars cookies: The landscapes

easy Star Wars landscape cookies

Gather ’round fellow Star Wars fans. I have some super duper easy cookies you can make to celebrate May the Fourth (be with you). No need to have any kind of decorating skills to make these, so you can devote all your time and energy into appreciating the awesomeness that is Star Wars. Now, mind you, I’m a born-in-the-’70s girl, so I’m only about Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Don’t ask me anything about anything else. And I don’t want to know anything about anything else. We ’70s girls are stubborn like that.

 

easy Star Wars landscape cookies

I made a more elaborate landscape for the Dagobah System on brownies for Tablespoon. (Which I love ever so much.) So I chose the Dagobah System, Hoth, Tatooine and space itself for the cookies. No need to fret about icing bags and tips and all that, or in trying to get the eyes right when piping characters. Simply make the terrain on cookies and display with your figurines. Done and done. Back to your role playing or whatever other way you want to celebrate the cinematic genius.

easy Star Wars landscape cookies

In case you need a little primer: Tatooine is the desert planet where Luke was raised until early adulthood, when he met Obi-Wan and left to rescue the Princess.  

 

easy Star Wars landscape cookies

Empire Strikes Back opens on Hoth, the frozen, snow-covered planet where the rebels were hiding until they were attacked. Luke goes to investigate a “meteor” (aka Vader’s probe), and is taken by the wampa. But Han finds him and uses the Tauntaun’s guts to keep warm. (Ew.)

 

easy Star Wars landscape cookies

The Dagobah System is the remote world of swamps, mud and forest where Yoda is exiled and where Luke travels to learn from the Jedi Master.

 

easy Star Wars landscape cookies

And space is… space. Kind of important.

 

You can substitute royal icing for the store-bought frosting used here, and tint it white, black, dark brown and light brown with food coloring. Store-bought frosting will set if left overnight, but it won’t harden as much as royal icing, so you can’t stack and handle and package them the same way you can cookies decorated in royal icing. But short on time, I just used Betty Crocker store-bought frosting to make these.

 

how to make Star Wars cookie landscapes

 

you will need:*

 

*Find the cutter, food coloring, sprinkles and cotton candy at the craft store

 

step one: bake your cookies. Prepare cookie dough according to the recipe. Chill, roll out, cut out circles, bake and let cool.

step two: decorate your cookies.

easy Star Wars landscape cookies

To decorate Tattooine: Mix a bit of chocolate frosting with white. Spread the frosting on the cookies and immediately top with light brown sugar. Ta da! Sand!

 

easy Star Wars landscape cookies

To decorate Hoth: Spread vanilla frosting on the cookies and cover immediately with white sprinkles. Ta da! Snow!

 

easy Star Wars landscape cookies

To decorate the Dagobah System: Spread chocolate frosting on the cookies. Stack pretzel sticks and twists for the trees. Top with tufts of cotton candy for the fog. Note that the frosting will start to dissolve the cotton candy after a couple hours, so add that right before displaying or serving.

 

easy Star Wars landscape cookies

To decorate space: Tint vanilla frosting with black food coloring. Spread on the cookies and top with white dragees for stars.

step three: Add your figurines. Now you can play with your food. Let the cookies set overnight. (But remember what I said about the cotton candy dissolving after a couple hours.)

 

 

easy Star Wars cookies: The landscapes

Ingredients

  • cut-out cookie dough
  • 3-inch circle cutter
  • tub of chocolate frosting
  • tub of vanilla frosting
  • light brown sugar
  • black food coloring
  • white dragee sprinkles
  • pretzel sticks and twists
  • store-bought cotton candy (in a very pale color, like pink or lavendar)
  • white sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Prepare cookie dough according to the recipe. Chill, roll out, cut out circles, bake and let cool.
  2. To decorate Tattooine: Mix a bit of chocolate frosting with white. Spread the frosting on the cookies and immediately top with light brown sugar.
  3. To decorate Hoth: Spread vanilla frosting on the cookies and cover immediately with white sprinkles.
  4. easy Star Wars landscape cookies
  5. To decorate the Dagobah System: Spread chocolate frosting on the cookies. Stack pretzel sticks and twists for the trees. Top with tufts of cotton candy for the fog. Note that the frosting will start to dissolve the cotton candy after a couple hours, so add that right before displaying or serving.
  6. To decorate space: Tint vanilla frosting with black food coloring. Spread on the cookies and top with white dragees for stars.
  7. Add your figurines. Now you can play with your food. Let the cookies set overnight. (But remember what I said about the cotton candy dissolving after a couple hours.)
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Star Wars brownies for Tablespoon

Dagobah System brownies with Yoda

Gather ’round all ye Star Wars fans. I have something awesome for you. That’s right. You can re-create the Dagobah System (the dreary, isolated planet of mist, mud and swamps, home to Yoda, and the site where Luke irritably learns to control the Force–or not–from his Jedi Master) on brownies.

On brownies.

And it’s easy, I promise.

Find the how-tos to make Dagobah System brownies HERE.

May the Fourth be with you.

 

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IKEA hack! Freaking awesome LEGO table

easy LEGO table IKEA hack

You know, sometimes I’m lacking as a parent. I admit it. I might be too lax about screen time. I let the sugar flow a bit too freely. I tell the kids they are the reason I drink wine.

easy LEGO table IKEA hack

But then there are those days I make a Lego table. With wheels. Well, that one day. And I prove myself to be the best parent ever. Right?! And you can be too. Because it’s crazy easy to make a Lego table.

easy LEGO table IKEA hack

My kids love it. (Except that the seven year old thinks it’s only hers, and she doesn’t want the two year old to touch it, and the two year old touches it, and the seven year old cries, and then the two year old cries, and I yell that I’m not making two tables, so they need to deal with it.) But otherwise, it’s smooth sailing. They (and by “they” I mean my seven year old, because the two year old is apparently not allowed to play with it) wheel it around the living room wherever “they” want to play. And when “they” are done, “they” can wheel it right back to the side room with all the other (ridiculous amounts of) toys.

easy LEGO table IKEA hack

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how to build a LEGO table

Step one: Buy and build the IKEA Lack side table on casters.

Step two: Attach some sticky-back Velcro pieces at each corner on the backs of 4 Lego plates, any color plate(s) you like. Attach the other piece of the sticky-back pieces to the top of the table. (This requires a bit of measuring to line them up right.)

Step three: Stick the Lego plates on and just add Legos.

Here’s a pictorial if it helps:

easy DIY LEGO table from IKEA hack

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peanut butter stuffed marshmallows for Tablespoon

stuffed marshmallow pops

Just when I thought I’ve exhausted the marshmallow’s usefulness, I stuffed some with peanut butter. And dipped in chocolate. And rolled around in more stuff. And added a stick.  Seriously delicious folks. Find this no-bake dessert HERE at Tablespoon. 

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mini cupcake cookies (and a cupcake decorating kit)

mini cupcake cookies

Cupcakes! Only cookies. And bite-size ones. This way you can appease both the cupcake and cookie lovers. I made these for my niece’s tenth birthday, part of a theme present. Back when she turned six–since she’s pretty much a mini-me, unlike my own two girls–I gave her all my favorite cookie and marshmallow decorating tools. Well, she expressed some curiosity about decorating cupcakes, so I put together a cupcake decorating gift for her.

mini cupcake cookies

 

cupcake decorating kit

The kit included, with notes attached to explain the importance of each (see below for links to Supplies):

–a Wilton cupcake decorating kit with my favorite cupcake decorating tip, the 1M
–16-inch disposable decorating bags, better for holding large amounts of frosting
–some colorful cupcake liners
–my favorite food colors (Americolor Soft Gel Pastes, of course) 
–my favorite frosting recipe
–a DIY cupcake topper kit (that is, some flower stickers and skewers) 
–Clare Crespo’s book, Hey There, Cupcake!, the first edible craft book I ever bought that inspired me ever so much

 

Oh yes, and I included some little cupcake cookies, of course, because… cupcake cookies.

mini cupcake cookies

 

how to make mini cupcake cookies

you will need:*

cookie dough
royal icing
mini circle cookie cutter (1 1/2 inch or so)
food coloring (red, pink, blue and white)
disposable decorating bags
couplers
size 2 and 3 decorating tips
rubber bands
sprinkles

*Find the cookie cutter, disposable decorating bags, couplers, tips and sprinkles in the craft store. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Red Red, Electric Pink, Bright White and Sky Blue used here). For tips on finding supplies, click here or see below. For tips on basic cookie decorating, click here.

 

mini cupcake cookies

 

step one: bake your cookies. Prepare cookie dough according to recipe, chill, roll out, cut out mini circles, bake and let cool.

step two: prepare your icing. Prepare royal icing according to recipe, divide, and tint your colors (red, pink, white and blue). Assemble decorating bags with couplers and tips, fill with icing and tie closed with rubber bands.

 

mini cupcake cookies

step three: decorate your cookies. Outline the cherry with red using a 2 tip. Outline the frosting in pink and the wrapper in blue using size 3 tips. Pipe back and forth to fill the pink icing and immediately sprinkle on a few sprinkles. Pipe back and forth to fill in the cherry and wrapper with the red and blue icing. Use a size 2 tip to pipe the white dots on top of the blue wrapper. Let dry overnight.

 

mini cupcake cookies

cute mini cupcake decorated cookies

Ingredients

  • cookie dough
  • royal icing
  • mini circle cookie cutter (1 1/2 inch)
  • food coloring (red, pink, blue and white)
  • disposable decorating bags
  • couplers
  • size 2 and 3 decorating tips
  • rubber bands
  • sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Prepare cookie dough according to recipe, chill, roll out, cut out mini circles, bake and let cool.
  2. Prepare royal icing according to recipe, divide, and tint your colors (red, pink, white and blue).
  3. Assemble decorating bags with couplers and tips, fill with icing and tie closed with rubber bands.
  4. Outline the cherry with red using a 2 tip. Outline the frosting in pink and the wrapper in blue using size 3 tips. Pipe back and forth to fill the pink icing and immediately sprinkle on a few sprinkles. Pipe back and forth to fill in the cherry and wrapper with the red and blue icing. Use a size 2 tip to pipe the white dots on top of the blue wrapper. Let dry overnight.

Notes

*Find the cookie cutter, disposable decorating bags, couplers, tips and sprinkles in the craft store. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Red Red, Electric Pink, Bright White and Sky Blue used here). For tips on finding supplies, click here or see below. For tips on basic cookie decorating, click here.

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