A long time ago (in a galaxy not so far away), I served as editorial director for a line of Lucasfilm children's books. As a lifelong Star Wars fan, this was a dream come true. Although I was based in New York, I visited Skywalker Ranch enough times to point out the particulars of Mr. Lucas's stunning Victorian Main House (the Norman Rockwell over the fireplace, the original Indiana Jones whip in the glass case).
To say I enjoyed my work would be the understatement of the century. I was reading top secret scripts; seeing raw footage in George Lucas's own screening room; and brainstorming ideas right there at Skywalker. Even eating in the gorgeous Ranch dining room was a died-and-gone-to-heaven trip (OMG, there's George!). I learned so much in that realm of storytelling magic. I'll never forget it.
Now that I'm a culinary mystery writer, murder is my business and so is food; thus, I give you the Millennium Falcon Chocolate Chip Cookie along with the recipe to bake your own. Crispy on the outside, these cookies are also delightfully Chewy on the inside (yes, puns are my business, too!). And they truly are out of this world. :)
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May the Force Be with You (Always!)
~ Cleo Coyle
New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries
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My readers may recognize this recipe from
my latest Coffeehouse Mystery.
The crispy edges and chewy centers of these
babies combined with their silver dollar size and rich flavor notes of buttery caramel and sea salt make for a light yet blissfully satisfying snack, perfect when sharing afternoon coffee breaks or late-night secrets. The latter is why my amateur sleuth, coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi, served these to an after-hours visitor in Once Upon a Grind, a man with a mysterious business card and a shocking story of a cold-case, Cold War murder. May you read (and bake) with joy...
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Cleo Coyle's Silver Dollar
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes about 75 mini cookies
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
3 tablespoons brewed coffee or espresso (or milk)
1 large egg
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips (be sure to use
mini chips or you can chop standard chips into smaller pieces)
Step 1—Mix the dough. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Do not brown or burn. Allow to cool a bit and transfer to a mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, blend in the white and brown sugars, coffee, egg, vanilla, salt, and baking soda. Add the flour and blend again, but do not over-mix. The dough will be loose and sticky. Gently fold in the mini chips. (For the small cookie size to work, be sure to use mini chips or chop standard chips into bits.)
Step 2—Bake. Preheat the oven well to 375°F. Drop dough by half-teaspoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet (or line pan with parchment paper). Allow room between cookies for spreading. For these small cookies, only bake 6 to 6 and 1/2 minutes. Cookies should come out of the oven a little under-baked. Allow them to continue cooking and cooling on the hot baking sheet for 10 minutes before handling.
Directions: Make the Silver Dollar Chocolate Chip Cookie dough as described, but increase the flour by 1/4 cup (for a total of 1-1/2 cups of flour). You must also chill the dough for an hour. Yes, you must have the patience of Yoda and chill! The dough will be thicker, less sticky, and easier to handle.
Break off pieces and shape into Millennium Falcon silhouettes. Bake about 8 minutes, depending on the size of your tasty starships.
Remove pan from the oven and allow the cookies to finish baking on the warm pan (10 more minutes). This will give them the perfect crispiness on the outside and chewy (Chewy!) texture on the inside. As cookies cool, they will harden up enough for you (and Han) to handle.
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