This Pumpkin Spice Palpatine Cookie Is Your Master Now

You want this...don't you?

It’s finally fall, and has a treat perfect for Halloween season — one that is a pathway to many flavors some consider to be delicious.

The Emperor laughs in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

Presenting Pumkpin Spice Palpatines: soft pumpkin-spiced cookies, cloaked and ready to show off the friendly smile of Darth Sidious himself.

Get into the seasonal spirit and make a batch of these for the apprentice in your life. Do it!

Pumpkin Spice Palpatines

Cookie ingredients:

  • 2-¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Gray frosting ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 Tablespoons milk, as needed
  • Black food gel dye

You’ll need:

  • Red icing
  • Yellow icing
  • Black fondant

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prep baking sheets with silpats or parchment.

Step 2: In a bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.

Step 3: In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar.

Step 4: Stir in the pumpkin, eggs, and vanilla.

Step 5: Slowly add in the dry ingredients until combined.

Step 6: Use a scoop to create 2.5-inch balls of dough, flatten slightly. Place on the prepped baking sheets.

Pumpkin Spice Palpatines: Baked cookie

Step 7: Bake for 14 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

Step 8: While the cookies are cooling, make the icing. In the bowl of an electric mixer cream the butter while adding the sugar, a little at a time. Add the vanilla, then the milk as needed.

Step 9: Stir in the black food gel dye to get a grayish color.

Pumpkin Spice Palpatines: Frosting

Step 10: Use an offset spatula to frost the cookie.

Pumpkin Spice Palpatines: Face details

Step 11: With a #7 tip, pipe the gray icing onto the cookie, creating the details of Palpatine’s face.

Pumpkin Spice Palpatines: Eye details

Step 12: Use #4 tips with red and yellow icings to create his eyes.

Pumpkin Spice Palpatines: Roll black fondant

Step 13: Roll out and drape the black fondant around the cookie to create the cloak.

Pumpkin Spice Palpatines: Serve

Step 14: When the icing has set, the cookies are ready to serve.

Finish your Pumpkin Spice Palpatines…and your journey toward the spice side will be complete!

Jenn Fujikawa is a lifestyle and food writer. Follow her on Twitter at @justjenn and check her Instagram @justjennrecipes and blog for even more Star Wars food photos.

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