February 2

Set Cookies to Stunning for Valentine’s Day

Star Trek Valentine Cookie platter

Looking for a way to your Trekkie’s heart for Valentine’s Day? How about some fabulous Star Trek: The Next Generation cookies? Mike at SemiSweetDesigns has cooked up a lovely little tutorial for you, walking you through making some uniform-inspired cookies. He also showcased a few other designs with fun sayings like, “Be My Number One” and “Beam Me Up Hottie.”

Do you have any fun sweet treats in mind for Valentine’s Day? Share your plans in the comment section below!

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December 8

Star Wars Cookies Using Holiday Cutters

Star Wars cookies using holiday cookie cutters

So it’s the time of year when you may be busting out your holiday baking supplies, ready to get your peanut butter blossom and jam thumbprint cookie on. That’s cool, if you want to be like everybody else. But we here at GeekCrafts are prone to take it up a notch. A rather geeky notch. In which case, this project will probably appeal to you.

Callye Alvarado at Sweet Sugar Belle has come up with a clever way to repurpose several ordinary holiday cookie cutters into Star Wars greatness. In the picture above, check out how a candy corn becomes an Imperial Cruiser, a wrapped candy becomes a Tie Fighter, an ornament becomes the Millennium Falcon, and a bell becomes Darth Vader. On her blog, also see examples of a morphing tombstone, Santa Claus, spider, and skull.

Will you be doing any holiday baking this month, either geeky or generally festive?

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October 25

Stay-Puft Marshmallow Madness

While dressing up for Halloween is my all-time favorite part, making scary Halloween food runs a close second. Many people know about using spagetti for guts and peeled grapes for eyeballs, but my favorite is making Zombie eyes (aka deviled eggs with green food coloring and red squiggles on the egg whites and a black olive slice on the yolks). For all of you Ghostbusters fans, Nerd by Night (who you might remember from my Don’t Panic towel messenger bag post) has a great recipe and idea to make Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man meringue cookies.

Stay-Puft Meringue Marshmallow Men

Slightly smaller than the 100ft tall terror that rampaged through New York, these Stay-Pufts are just the right size to impress your friends AND be eaten! All you need is some sugar, egg whites, cream of tartar, (Nerd by Night links to a great meringue recipe as well), and some colored icing. Good luck, and great eats!

May 7

Star Trek cookies!

I’m really a diehard Next Generation Fan, but I put de-crinkled my nose for the original when I saw these cookies because THEY ARE SO CUTE, RIGHT?

I love that Darla was conscious about designing the cookies so that they had more of a cute look about them as opposed to something action-figure-ish and she pulled it off like a champ.  Like I want to see a cartoon series based on her character design (what do you think, Darla?).  With how minimalist the details must be to pull off a cookie, she does such a great job with picking the exactly right details to include to convey the character.

Darla’s got a lot of great instructions and tips if you want to recreate these cookies back on her blog, Bakingdom. Be sure to check out her sketch sheet. So cute!

November 20

Happy (Belated) Wookiee Life Day!

Wookie Life day family photo

I am a lifelong Star Wars fan – I have a picture of my brother and I sitting on our couch in our sweatshirts with Star Wars iron-ons on them, after seeing the first/fourth movie in the theaters (the aforementioned photo is not the same as the one pictured above, however).  Thirty-something years later, and I have just learned of the existence of Wookiee Life Day. And I just missed it – it’s celebrated every November 17th.

May the Fourth – definitely heard of it. Revenge of the Fifth – yep, know that one too. But somehow Wookie Life Day slipped by my Death Star radar.

Perhaps it had for you, too? Allow me to educate.

According to TheForce.net, “On November 17, 1978 The Star Wars Holiday Special aired for one time only on CBS in the United States. Featuring an odd story about Chewbacca reuniting with his family to celebrate the Wookiee holiday of Life Day, it has gone on to live in infamy among Star Wars fans. The special includes appearances and strange musical performances from the cast of the original Star Wars movie, as well as Bea Arthur, Art Carney, Harvey Korman, Diahann Carroll, and Jefferson Starship. To no one’s surprise The Star Wars Holiday Special is renowned for its overwhelmingly negative reception. Lucasfilm has never released the Holiday Special to the public after its initial broadcast, but it has lived on through video recordings and sharing among friends.”

Yes, it was that spectacularly bad. Those of you with a strong stomach can watch about 7 minutes of it courtesy of YouTube: Star Wars Holiday Special – “Happy Life Day”. Be forewarned – Princess Leia sings.

But what can you make to properly celebrate Life Day, you ask? Also according to TheForce.net, “All you need is a way to watch The Star Wars Holiday Special and some Crimson Snuggies,” but I’d also suggest a nice fresh batch of Wookiee-ookies. Shayne posted about the Star Wars Cookbook previously, but I was able to track down the actual cookie recipe at StarWarsHolidaySpecial.com.

Wookie-ookies

Then you could serve the wookie-ookies to a whole party of WookSQUEEs and SQUEEwoks, if you can handle the cuteness factor.

WookSQUEE and SQUEEwok party

What about you? Did you do (or make) anything fun for Life Day? Had you heard of Life Day before?

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July 31

Wonder-ful cookies

Wonder Woman cookies

Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
All the world’s waiting for you,
and the power you possess.

In your satin tights,
Fighting for your rights
And the old Red, White and Blue.

Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
Now the world is ready for you,
and the wonders you can do.

Surely such a great role model deserves to be honored in cookie form, right? But who is up to the baking challenge? Bridget at Bakeat350 was. And for us lesser mortals, she has even created a stepped-out tutorial on how to shape the cookies into proper voluptuousness, AND how flood fill each part with just the right frosting.

Be sure to also check out her invisible jet – she nailed it exactly right, don’t you think?