Empire is one of the most successful shows on television, thanks in no small part to Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson’s portrayal of former inmate turned music exec, Cookie Lyon.

As Season 4 approaches, check out some of Cookie’s best moments. From checking Boo Boo Kitty to beating son Hakeem with a broom, reminisce on all the times the Philly bad-ass kept it 100 below.

Season 4 of Empire premieres September 27th at 8PM on FOX.


When she gave the haters fair warning.

When things got too real

When “Boo Boo Kitty” caught those hands…

…and got her pearls snatched!

Oh, you thought it was over?

When she tried to give those “cookies” away.

When she needed everybody to cut to the chase.

When she beat Hakeem with a broom.


 When she checked her man for trying to fight her son. 

When she had to hit them with the mean side-eye.