White Chocolate Cinnamon Cookie Sandwiches (AKA Wookiee Pies)

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What happens when you combine Star Wars™ Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal® with white chocolate chip cookies and cream cheese frosting? You create the best wookiee pies in the galaxy!

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If you are worthy of being my friend, you should be aware that the new Star Wars™ movie, The Force Awakens, comes out this week! Of course, I already have my presale tickets and am seeing it Thursday night. But not midnight, oh no, somehow the theater near me had a show at 7:20 pm on Thursday! Granted, I would’ve gladly gone to the midnight showing but if I can see it sooner why the heck not?

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The last time I went to a midnight showing it was for the release of Episode III. It was my sophomore year of college and I went with my friends. Meanwhile, my dad was visiting my brother in Boston at the time and I enjoyed calling/texting them to compare fan costumes we were witnessing. Star Wars™ brings families together and I have my brother and father to thank for that. Sure my birthday is Star Wars™ Day (may the fourth be with you) and that pretty much comes with the requirement of fanhood but if I hadn’t latched onto everything my brother liked, as any good little sister does to your big brother, where would I be?

Star Wars cereal

Of course in anticipation of the release of this movie, an explosion of paraphernalia hit the stores including the breakfast aisles at Walmart. I spied Star Wars™ Go-Gurt™ which are packaged as glow in the dark lightsabers, Star Wars™ Honey Nut Cheerios® where the bee donned a Vader helmet, Star Wars™ Cookie Crisp® with a Storm Trooper dog, Star Wars™ R2D2 Cereal® with character themed marshmallows, and Star Wars™ Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal® with TIE fighters on the box. I even found a cute little R2D2 toy in my cereal box. In other words, you can now bring balance to the hungry bellies of the universe starting with breakfast! Yes, I am aware of how corny that sounded.

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While I do enjoy filling my bowl with the breakfast of jedis, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to create a special cereal treat to celebrate the arrival of this movie. I give you, wookiee pies! These white chocolate chip cookies have Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal mixed in and are sandwiched with cream cheese frosting in the middle. The result resembles a whoopie pie but obviously these arn’t just any old whoopie pie, they are the best whoopie pies in the galaxy and therefore must be called wookiee pies!

Since I know you could not resist buying your own box of Star Wars™ cereal, what do you plan on making with it? Have any fun plans to see the movie this weekend?

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One year ago: Browned Butter Fruit Cake Cookies

Four years ago: Gingerbread Pancakes with Crumb Topping

Five years ago: Perfect Hamburger

WHITE CHOCOLATE CINNAMON COOKIE SANDWICHES (aka WOOKIEE PIES)

Prep Time: 30 minutes active, 2 hour-overnight inactive
Cook Time: 32 minutes
Serving Size: 1 cookie sandwich
Yield: Approximately 18 cookie sandwiches

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled

1 cup Star Wars™ Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal®, finely crushed (reduces to about 1/2 cup)

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1-1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup white sugar

1 egg + 1 yolk, room temperature

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

2 cups white chocolate chips

1 cup Star Wars™ Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal®, lightly crushed

1/4 cup cinnamon-sugar

2 (15.6 oz.) containers of cream cheese frosting (or homemade)

Directions:

  1. Sift together the flour, cereal crumbs, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients in three batches until just blended. Fold in the chips and cereal by hand.
  3. Roll 2 tablespoons of dough into a ball that is slightly taller than wide and place on a plate or tray. Cover tightly and chill for at least 2 hours, but overnight for best results.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with silicone baking mats (or parchment paper); set aside.
  5. Place cinnamon-sugar in a small bowl. Roll cookie dough in the cinnamon-sugar and place onto prepared cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 8 minutes or until edges are barely golden (will look underbaked). Cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
  7. Once cooled, pair the cookies up by shape and size. Flip one cookie of each pair over so that the flat side is facing up. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of frosting (I use a medium cookie scoop) onto the flat-sided cookie of each pair. Sandwich the cookies together so the flat sides are facing each other and press gently to help the filling reach the edges.
  8. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.

Source: Adapted slightly from my White Chocolate Chip Key Lime Pie Oreo Cookies.

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