Sunday, March 31, 2013

Game of Thrones Cookies: Khaleesi's Dragon Nests

It's great that the government gave us a long weekend to celebrate the new season of Game of Thrones. I guess that whole Easter thing plays a factor here too. But, really, I think I'll be too worried about who may or may not bite the big one in the first episode to think about chocolate bunnies. Seriously, if they kill [spoiler] and [spoiler] too early, I will have a melt down.

In case it hasn't come across to you, our household is pretty excited over this show. Mr. C is especially pumped. And by "especially pumped" I mean he's re-read the entire series (which, if you've seen the size of those things, is no small feat). I haven't touched the books, but I have picked up rumours of all the death and destruction that goes on in those things. I'm still hoping that John Snow sails over to the other side of the world, sweeps Daenerys off her feet, and rides into the sunset on a dragon. And then makes really pretty babies together.

Mr. C keeps trying to tell me that doesn't happen. Whatevs.

To celebrate the new season of Game of Thrones, I created a cookie based around Daenerys and her three lovely little pets. Though, maybe "little" isn't the best way to describe them this season. "Giant" and "bloodthirsty" may be better terms to use.

The dragons were born in fire and blood and ashes. These cookies are born in chocolate and nuts and oreo cookie pieces. Pretty even trade off, if I do say so myself. We started with a traditional thumbprint cookie - one that you sometimes see in your Easter baskets - and turned the chocolate flavour up to eleven. These cookies are as rich as a Lannister and has as many hidden layers as a Littlefinger. The dark chocolate thumbprints are rolled in crushed pecans, graham cracker crumbs, and oreo pieces. They are then filled with a chocolate ganache and topped with some serious dragon eggs.

You better hold onto your Iron Throne, because chocolate is coming.

Khaleesi's Dragon Nest Cookies
adapted from Martha Stewart
Makes about 2 dozen cookies

1 cup butter
1 1/3 cup sugar
2 large egg yolks
2 cups flour
1 cup + 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons cream
2 Teaspoon vanilla extract

for rolling:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/3 cup roasted pecans, finely chopped (optional)
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (optional)
1/2 cup oreo cookie crumbs (optional)

For the filling/decor
Cadbury mini eggs
food writers (markers that use edible ink - not needed if you want to make these less dragony and more Eastery)
4 ounces dark chocolate
4 ounces red candy melts (just for any extra "fire and blood" punch - can be replaced by extra chocolate)
2 Tablespoon butter

1) In your mixer, whip together the butter and sugar until nice and fluffy. Add your egg yolks, one at a time, and mix until fully incorporated. Add your cream and vanilla, then continue to mix slowly.

2) Sift your flour and cocoa powder into your wet ingredients. Mix with slowly with a wooden spoon until everything has come together.

3) Mix your that extra sugar, chili powder, pecans, graham cracker crumbs, and oreo cookie crumbs in a small bowl. Preheat your oven to 350F. Take out your dough and roll it into Tim Bit (or golf ball) sized balls. Toss your dough balls in your pecan mixture, being careful to press some of the crumbs right into the dough. Put your dough balls onto your cookie sheet and press a thumbprint sized divot into each one - you can use a half teaspoon, the bottom of a cork, or even your thumb! Put them in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes. When you take them out, feel free to re-press the divot into your cookies (but not with your thumb this time or you will get molten cookie on your hands). Let them cool.

4) While your cookies are cooling, prepare the toppings. If you want to create dragon eggs, draw scales on your mini eggs with your food writers. For the ganache filling, melt your dark chocolate with your butter over your stove top on low heat. After everything has melted and combined, transfer it to a bowl. Toss your red candy melts on top and stir slightly to get a good red swirl. Scoop a bit of your ganache into your cookie divots and place some of your dragon eggs on top. Let the ganache cool and harden before eating, or things might get messy. 


decocinasytacones said...

I loved these...I´m a Game of Thrones freak too, LOL....the premier will be on the 9th in Spanish tv...I can´t wait to see it....I think I´m going to download the English version not to wait until that day.
Love and Happy Easter.

Lora said...

So creative. Love these.

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