Star Wars macarons

Potato chips and fizzy water aren't going to do it when you have hungry and thirsty Jedi Masters, Wookiees, Sith Lords, Jawas, Imperial stormtroopers and bounty hunters hanging around. Here's some inspiration for May the 4th munchies that will keep you and your guests from turning into ravenous rancor monsters.

These French confections are strong with the Force (and buttercream), thanks to cookie blog Semi Sweet Designs.

First published, April 28, 2014.
Update, May 2, 2017: Added new Star Wars treats.

Photo by: Semi Sweet Designs

Death Star cocktail

Inspired by the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this drink is the brainchild of Taverna Opa's mixologist (and longtime Star Wars fan) Alex Attart. It's a popular cocktail on May the 4th and during the many Star Wars conventions that hit Orlando, Florida. Sip carefully ... it packs a punch and may just convert you to the dark side.

Ingredients
1 ounce Jagermeister; 1 ounce triple sec; 1 ounce EG vodka; 1 ounce Jameson; 2 ounces sweet and sour mix; 2 ounces cola

Instructions
Fill Death Star ice sphere mold with purified water and freeze. Place Death Star ice sphere in wide-mouthed rocks glass. Combine all liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake and pour over Death Star ice sphere.

Photo by: Taverna Opa

Tasty TIE fighters

Prepare for a battle of the snacks. These tantalizing TIE Fighter Ties can be made using precooked sausages or hot dogs and a package of breadstick dough. This sci-fi take on pigs-in-a-blanket would impress even Darth Vader and can be found in "The Star Wars Cookbook: Wookie Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes" by Robin Davis.

Photo by: Chronicle Books

Millennium Falcon ice cream dessert

This pumpkin spiced ice cream Millennium Falcon can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. Unless it melts first.

Photo by: JustJenn

That's no moon!

Destroying the Death Star is so much more fun when it's made from popcorn, vanilla and sugar. This recipe for Death Star Popcorn Balls hits the spot.

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Drink this first

Don't bother sneaking into the Mos Eisley Cantina to get this Greedo Fauxito. All you need to make it is lime juice, mint leaves and lemon-lime soda. Just make sure you drink it before Han Solo shows up to your soiree.

Photo by: Lucasfilm

Crispy Star Wars bunny

Jaxxon might look like a goofy green rabbit, but he's actually a clever Lepi smuggler from Coachelle Prime in the Star Wars comics.

He's also a Rice Krispies Treat Pop, thanks to this easy video recipe from YouTuber Jennifer Landa.

Photo by: Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

Dark Side of a sandwich

Even Anakin in a bad mood would like this egg salad sandwich by food blogger JustJenn.

All you need to make it are hard-boiled eggs, mayo, mustard, relish, celery and hot sauce for the filling and Hawaiian sweet bread for the sandwich. Because the sweet bread is so soft, it's easy to make an imprint of Darth Vader's helmet using a Vader Star Wars cookie cutter mold.

Photo by: JustJenn

Toast of Tatooine

Double yum! Two suns made Luke Skywalker's homestead of Tatooine extra hot, but two eggs make this toast extra tasty.

The recipe for Twin Sun Toast can be found in "The Star Wars Cookbook: Wookiee Cookies and other Galactic Recipes" by Robin Davis.

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Yub Nub nibbles

Eat with an Ewok, thanks to this compact and adorable Ewok bento (video) demonstrated by crafter Jennifer Landa. Use lettuce, celery or any other green veggies for an Endor forest background. Cut inarizushi (fried tofu pouches) in the shape of an Ewok's hood. Brown rice or sushi rice colored brown with soy sauce looks perfect as the Ewok's fur. Cut out his ears, nose and mouth from dried seaweed. Then munch away.

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Fall into delicious peril

The Great Pit of Carkoon is also known as the Sarlacc Pit that gobbled up bounty hunter Boba Fett, but this less scary Great Pit of Carkoon Bundt Cake (video) from YouTuber Jennifer Landa is made with yummy yellow cake mix, a bundt cake pan, gingersnap cookies, white frosting, slivered almonds, gummy worms, toothpicks, semi-sweet chocolate chips, strawberries, food coloring and a spatula.

Bake your bundt cake as directed, then the fun begins with decorating. First frost the cake. For the sand effect, crumble up 20 gingersnap cookies in a blender and then spoon the crumbs onto the frosted cake.

The sarlacc's mouth is made with white frosting with red food coloring added for a pinkish color. It's then applied to the middle hole of the bundt cake to form a pit. Add slivered almonds for rows of teeth. Dip both the strawberries and gummy worms into the melted chocolate chip mixture. Let cool, then cut strawberries for a beak effect and add in the chocolate-covered gummy worms as tentacles.

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There is another on your plate

Princess Leia is strong and sassy, but these Oreo cupcakes show her sweet side. Food blogger JustJenn made these adorkable desserts using cream cheese frosting, black frosting, Oreos and edible hearts.

Photo by: JustJenn

It's a snack!

These Admiral Ackbar cupcakes are not a trap! With just a couple of yellow Candy Melts, some coffee sprinkles, black icing and cocoa-cinnamon butter cream frosting, any basic cupcake can be transformed into a treat that no one dare repel.

Photo by: JustJenn

Clone trooper confections

Clone trooper mini cupcakes fight to keep hunger at bay. They're easy to make with yellow or white cake mix, mini cupcake paper cups, a mini cupcake baking pan, vanilla icing and chocolate icing. You can even customize your Clone troopers with different colors by adding food coloring to your white icing. Or make a party trooper by adding sprinkles.

You can find many recipes for Clone Trooper desserts online, as well as in "The Star Wars Party Book" by Mikyla Bruder.

Photo by: Chronicle Books

Battle hunger on Hoth

You don't have to wait 'til the holidays to build an edible AT-AT. While this gingerbread AT-AT reindeer, made by Chef Aaron Lawrence of Catalano Restaurant, is elaborate, it might inspire you to build your own scaled-down gingerbread all-terrain vehicle. Just skip the shiny red nose and antlers, and it's ready for Star Wars Day.

Photo by: Catalano Restaurant

Sweet, sweet stormtrooper

There's no need to fear Imperial stormtroopers when they're in cake form. This life-size stormtrooper cake by Amanda Oakleaf Cakes was created in sections and connected internally with pipes to keep it sturdy.

Made with yellow cake and vanilla Italian meringue buttercream with marshmallow fondant, the scrumptious stormtrooper might be too labor-intensive for your May the 4th, but at least it will give you sweet Star Wars dreams.

Photo by: Amanda Oakleaf Cakes

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