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Bake Cookies and Enjoy Judd Winick’s Book ‘Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed To Earth’

If the name Judd Winick sounds familiar, it’s likely because his resume is long and all-encompassing. You might know Winick from his work in comics on Batman and his graphic novel Pedro and Me—or his time on the animated series The Awesomes and The Life and Times of Juniper Lee. His work in comics is impressive but many TV fans will also recognize him from his stint on MTV’s The Real World: San Francisco, which was the kick-off of the reality TV genre. Winick’s newest venture—Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed To Earth—is sure to be a hit with fans of all ages.

Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed To Earth is an all-ages book that follows Hilo (pronounced High-Low) and his friends D.J. and Gina who go on “Calvin and Hobbes meets Big Nate” type adventures. The story is a crazy tale of monsters, robots, and friendship: three awesome things that go great together.

Winick was recently a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers where he discussed the book, his life with wife Pam Ling (whom he met on The Real World), and the fact that one of the Late Night staff said he resembled a Jewish Doctor Who, which sounds like an amazing regeneration. How about it, BBC?

But if you really want to enjoy the book to its fullest extent, why not bake up some cookies, settle in with your kids, and enjoy the outstanding adventures of Hilo! Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed To Earth is available at

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Hilo Cookies

– 3 cups all-purpose flour
– 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
– pinch of salt
– 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
– 1 cup sugar
– 1 egg
– 1 teaspoon vanilla
– yellow icing
– black icing
– white icing
– jumbo red heart sprinkles

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until combined.
  • Add the egg and the vanilla.
  • Slowly add in the dry ingredients until the dough comes together. The dough will form quickly and when it starts to pull away from the bowl, it’s ready.
  • Split the dough in two and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill until you are ready to use.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prep baking sheets with silpats or parchment.
  • Roll out the dough to about 1/4-inch thick.
  • Use a 3-1/2-inch circle cutter to cut out the cookies, and place them onto the prepped baking sheets.
  • For the ears, take a small ball of dough and attach it to both sides of the circle.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.
  • Once the cookies are cool, with a #12 tip pipe yellow icing for Hilo’s hair and cowlick.
  • Use a #3 tip and black icing to form the mouth, eyes and nose.
  • Add white icing with a #2 tip for the teeth and center of the eyes.
  • To make the tongue, cut the tip off a jumbo heart sprinkle and add it to Hilo’s mouth to complete.
  • Once the icing is dry, the cookies are ready to serve!

Are you a fan of Hilo and cookies? Let us know in the comments!

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