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Embrace your inner Star Wars fan with these buttery, soft Yoda sugar cookies with a hint of nutty pistachios! Perfect for a Star Wars themed party, family movie night or May the Fourth (Star Wars Day)!!
Some of my favorite movies as a kid were all those (now) cult classics from the 80’s. The Goonies, Back to the Future, Indian Jones, ET, Ghostbusters and yes the epic Star Wars trilogy.
Yes, I must
confess shout from the roof tops, that am a TOTAL Star Wars fanatic!
I will totally show my Star Wars love loud and proud and talk to anyone and everyone who will listen. In fact, I have a few Star Wars t-shirts that are the BEST conversation starters.
Whether you are a Star Wars fan or not, you may or may not know tomorrow, May the Fourth, is Star Wars Day (a play on the epic Star Wars tag line “may the force be with you”). Despite being a Star Wars fan, I never had my act together to do anything special for this unique “holiday”. However, I didn’t want this year to pass un-celebrated.
Maybe it was because we just purchased the newest Star Wars movie (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) or maybe it was the special Star Wars cookie cutters that were gifted to us about five years ago that have been sitting unused in my pantry; but I have been itching to make something special for Star Wars Day.
These Star Wars cookie cutters are so fun, and my husband has been bugging me for years to make something with them. In fact, if you do an internet search for Star Wars cookies, you can find a million carefully decorated and amazing cookies (there really are some talented people in this world), but in real life, who has time for that?!
While I love baking and spending hours in the kitchen unleashing my creative side, sometimes I want a cute treat without dedicating an entire day or two of my life to it. Because of this, I never opened those darn Star Wars cookie cutters, letting them just sit in my pantry and collect dust.
Finally I decided I could create a cute and festive cookie without having to bother with royal icing. I mean, after all, that’s what the fancy cookie cutter is for, right? These Yoda Pistachio Sugar Cookies delicious; buttery and super soft with a hint of pistachio flavor, they look just like my favorite Star Wars character, Yoda! Not only will these cookies satisfy a sweet tooth, any Star Wars fanatic can easily make a fun Star Wars treat for May the Fourth!
- 2 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant pistachio pudding mix
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 large egg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
- ¼-1/3 cup finely chopped unsalted pistachios
- 1/3 cup raw sugar
- In a large bowl, stir together flour, powdered sugar, pudding mix, cream of tarter, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream butter, until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla and almond extract and mix well, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients, a little at a time, to the wet ingredients, mixing just until combined. Add finely chopped pistachios and beat a few times, until pistachios are fully incorporated (see notes).
- Divide the dough in half and using your hands, shape dough into a large flat disk (see notes). Place each cookie dough disk onto a large sheet of waxed paper. Place another large sheet of wax paper on top of the cookie dough. Working with one batch of dough at a time, roll out the cookie dough (between the two sheets of wax paper) until the dough is about 1/3-1/4 inch thick. Repeat rolling process with second batch of dough. Place the rolled out cookie dough, still between the wax paper, on a cutting board or baking sheet and refrigerate for at least one hour.
- When ready to cut cookies, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside.
- Remove parchment paper from one batch of dough (keep second batch of dough in refrigerator until ready to use) and place dough onto a cutting board. Flour Yoda cookie cutter and firmly press cookie cutter into chilled dough, firmly pressing down the push button on the top of the cookie cutter.
- Lift up the cookie cutter and press the button on the top of the cookie cutter to release the cookie dough cut out onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle cut out cookie dough shapes with raw sugar. Repeat cookie dough cutting process, re-rolling the scraps of dough as needed. Note: Once you re-roll the cookie dough will need to chill in the refrigerator for at least 20-30 minutes before baking them.
- Bake chilled cut out cookies at 375 degrees F for 6-8 minutes or until the edges begin to turn brown. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for 5-8 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store cooled cookies in an air tight container for up to one week.
Dough may be a little "crumbly" in texture after mixing in the chopped pistachios. If this is the case, simply knead the dough by hand and continue shaping the dough as directed into a disc.
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