Be Seduced By the Cookie (and Pancake) Side of the Force!

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Photo by Matt BlumPhoto by Matt Blum

Photo by Matt Blum

We geeks are easily distracted by awesome things that appear in unexpected places. That’s why we love Easter eggs in movies. But it also means that, in the middle of last-minute shopping for a Mother’s Day gift for our wives at Williams-Sonoma, our attention can be thoroughly diverted by sets of Star Wars cookie cutters and pancake molds.

Since going into Williams-Sonoma too often can be dangerous for my wallet, and since these sets are exclusive to the chain, I had absolutely no idea they existed until the Star Wars logo caught my eye from across the store yesterday. My kids were with me, and they tried to convince me to get them, but I didn’t think it was appropriate to buy something so obviously for me and the kids when we were shopping for their mother. Besides, they had a lot of them, so I’m sure they’ll still be there in a day or two, when my willpower gives out.

Each set is $19.95, which is a bit steep, but it’s Williams-Sonoma, so that’s to be expected. The cookie cutters come in a set of four: Darth Vader, Boba Fett, a Stormtrooper, and Yoda. The pancake molds come in a set of three: the same as the cookie cutters, except no Boba Fett. The cookie cutters are particularly awesome, since they not only cut but also stamp, making indentations in the top of the cookie for the “facial” features of the character. This means you can get away without further decorating them if you don’t feel like it, and makes it much easier to decorate them if you do. I have to say I’m glad they didn’t pick any characters with a (visible) human face, since those seem more likely look cheesy, creepy, or both in baked goods or breakfast treats.

Imagine the fun you can have with the results: Pretend your mouth is the Great Pit of Carkoon (as you eat a Boba Fett cookie, of course), or say “I find your lack of maple syrup disturbing!” The possibilities are endless.

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