12 Days of Bacon: Day Five

On the fifth day of Christmas, my Bacon gave to meeeeee…

… Wookiee-ookies to celebrate Life Day!

Thirty years ago, Star Wars fans young and old gathered around their television sets for a momentous event: The Star Wars Holiday Special. The two-hour variety show that was broadcast on CBS that night was a television travesty so monumentally atrocious, so epic in its bad taste, so universally lousy, that it has lived in infamy ever since.

This simple yet misguided tale, in which Chewie journeys back to his home planet Kashyyyk to celebrate Life Day, was punctuated by bewildering cameos by the likes of Bea Arthur, Harvey Korman and Art Carney. It also introduced us to Chewie’s wife Malla, son Lumpy, and father Itchy (I wish I was making this up), as well as the appalling sight of Carrie Fisher singing “The Life Day Song” to the tune of the Star Wars theme. It was so embarrassing that it never aired again and has never been released for sale on any medium. But thanks to a few precious bootlegs and the wonder of YouTube, The Star Wars Holiday Special will never die.

So how do Wookiees celebrate Life Day, you may ask? With Wookiee Cookies (or, as they’re called in the Holiday Special, “Wookiee-ookies”) of course!

This recipe for Wookiee Cookies comes straight from The Star Wars Cookbook: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes by Robin Davis. And I can tell you from personal experience that, while Wookiee Life Day may have been a bust, Wookiee Cookies are a delightful, tasty treat.

• 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
• 1 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/2 cup granulated sugar
• 2 large eggs
• 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1 cup milk chocolate chips
• 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Put the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon until well mixed. Set aside.

3. Put the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in another mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer set on high speed, beat together until well-blended and creamy, about 3 minutes. (You can do this with a wooden spoon, but it will take longer.) Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and stir with the wooden spoon until blended. Stir in the chocolate chips.

4. Scoop up a rounded tablespoonful of the dough and drop onto a baking sheet. Repeat until you have used up all the dough. Be sure to leave about 1 inch between the cookies because they spread as they bake.

5. Using pot holders, put the baking sheets in the oven. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes.

6. Again, using pot holders, remove the baking sheets from the oven. Lift the cookies from the baking sheets with a spatula, and place on cooling racks. Let cool completely.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

While we enjoy the rich, chocolately goodness of our Wookiee Cookies, it’s important to remember the millions of Americans facing hunger this holiday season. For every $1 you donate, Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest) will help provide 20 pounds of food and grocery products to men, women and children in need. Consider making a donation today, or giving to your local food bank.

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