Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Memorial Racial Harmony Cookies
by Susu and Rosie

As a pilot with Rogue Squadron, Ibtisam suffered barbs and arguments with fellow pilot Nrin Vakil, a Quarren. Being Mon Calamari, Ibtisam harbored some resentment toward the water-living Quarren, for they were accused of sabotaging the planetary shields which protected their shared home, allowing Imperial forces to overrun the planet, and enslaving both species. The Quarren blamed the Mon Cals for wanting to reach out to the stars, and thus attracting the attention of the invaders in the first place.

But when Ibtisam and Wes Janson were shot down over Brentaal, Nrin came face to face with his feelings for the woman he sought out often, if only to pick an argument. Squadron mechanic Koyi Komad forced him to admit to himself that he loved his rival. His relief when she returned from commando duties on the ground was so apparent that he realized there was no point in hiding his feelings for her, and was overjoyed to discover she returned his affections. They soon declared their intention to live together, as an example to their racially divided peoples.

Rogue Squadron was called to perform on the failed mission to extract Sate Pestage on Citruic; alas there were complications, and Ibtisam's body was recovered, minus her spark, her life-force. Nrin went into open mourning; after her military funeral, he resigned and returned home to Mon Calamari, where he held a public memorial service for her. His eulogy for her is recorded in
The Essential Guide to Alien Species, page 106.

As Nrin spoke to the holocams and to the assembled masses, Koyi Komad, on leave from duties with the Rogues, was putting the finishing touches on a cookie she'd created to symbolize the union that was never to be: a sort of cookie with the texture of a cake, with both vanilla and chocolate icing, bitter and sweet, hard and soft, flavored with both vanilla and lemon extracts. It was opposites, yet made a harmonious, round whole. She called them "Ibtisam & Nrin's Memorial Racial Harmony Cookies" and they were a huge hit with the dignitaries and the throngs. She was asked to publish the recipe, furthering knowledge of Ibtisam's sacrifice and her relationship with Nrin. It was always published with the text of Nrin's eulogy:

"Ibtisam was my friend and my love ..."


Batter
  • 1¾ cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 1½ cups milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon essence
  • 5 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Heat the oven to 375°F. Prepare two baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper, or greasing cookie sheets.

In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter. When light and fluffy, add the eggs one at a time with continuous beating (a mixer is good here!). Add milk, vanilla and lemon essences. Mix till smooth and creamy.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt and baking powder. Add this dry mixture in portions to the butter mixture, combining well after each addition. With a soup spoon, place a heaping mound of dough onto the baking sheet, allowing at least a couple of inches between mounds. They will spread. Try to make them circular, rather than elliptical.

Bake until the edges brown, but the cookie will still remain yellowish, about 20 minutes or so. Remove onto wire racks to cool COMPLETELY.

By the way, the cookies are divine as they are, un-iced and hot out of the oven, if you can't wait!

Icings
  • 4 cups powdered / confectioner's sugar
  • up to ½ cup water, boiling
  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
Place sugar in a large mixing bowl and stir while adding boiling water. Be careful not to use too much, you want it to be thick and spreadable.

Put half of the sugar mixture in a double boiler and stir over hot water, adding the chocolate and corn syrup. Keep at it till the chocolate is melted and the frosting looks smooth. Turn off the heat, but keep the icing over the hot water to keep it spreadable.

Assembly
  1. Using a clean, dry pastry brush, brush off loose crumbs off the cookie surface. The cookies MUST be completely cooled.
  2. With another brush, paint half the cookie with white frosting. Let dry for a few minutes.
  3. With another brush, paint the other half of the cookie with black frosting. It's okay to overlap the white part a bit, to get full coverage.
  4. This is a fondant style icing, meaning it will dry hard and dry to the touch. This means you can actually "peel" off the icing to eat, if you wish!
  5. If you prefer, you can use soft, non-drying cake-style icing on this cookie. Just buy chocolate and white vanilla frostings, and spread half and half on the cookies. A different experience, more like a cupcake with extra icing! Mmmm...

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