Monday, June 11, 2012

Khaleesi's Dragon Cookies

A few of my readers recall a prior post I did for Sansa's Lemon Cakes, in honor of HBO's Game of Thrones season premier.  They were a huge hit at the premier party I attended.  Well, the season finale just passed, and there was yet another fun party to attend.  The hostess requested Sansa's cakes again, but I couldn't resist not bringing something else to the finale. 

I had a vision in my head for quite a while before the event - I wanted to make some sort of dragon cookie in honor of George R. R. Martin's character Daenerys a.k.a. "Khaleesi".  She happens to be the character I am rooting for in the series of novels which are not yet completed at five books.  Any fan of of the series knows that to live to and including book five is a heroic task.  Daenerys "Mother of Dragons" would be tickled as I was to find this cookie mold:

Forgive my photos, it was pandemonium-preparation mode!
I have always loved cookie molds and have a facination with the old wooden hand-carved styles. This option was a lot less expensive, found at Zanda Panda's Etsy shop.  Sandy's sculpture is just gorgeous, and the fact that her specialty was in the science fiction/fantasy genre?  A match made in heaven for Game of Thrones fare! 

Working with a cookie mold requires a certain bit of forethought, namely, you must use a cookie dough that will not spread once baked in the oven to retain the detail of the image.

No worries, because Sandy send along a tried and true recipe that would work for my purpose.  I did want a bit of Daenerys in these treats, so I took the liberty of adding a bit of cayenne pepper to the dough along with the cinnamon.  What's a dragon without a little fire?

The sweetest dragons ever hatched!
Rhaegal (green/copper), Viserion (cream/gold) and Drogon (black/red)
I had grand intentions of painting all the cookies for the party, however, time got away from me with Sansa's Lemon Cakes as well as a big batch Old Bear's Hot Spiced Wine.  I did manage to represent each of Khaleesi's three dragons with an individual touch: painted with a little food gel color diluted in white rum, and once dry, another coat of gold lustre dust also diluted in rum for a shimmery, ethereal affect.

Close-up: Drogon, the "naughty" one.
These are substantial cookies, weighty and sturdy.  Almost shortbread in texture.  Sweet and little hot, they were awesome.  It is known.

These molds could be very versatile indeed, and I'm currently playing with using molding chocolate as well as fondant for another application.  I really must thank Sandy for helping me along.  She has a wonderful website and  video explaining the use of the mold for cookies, and it gave me the courage to go forward.  The possibilities are endless!  Thank you, Sandy!  Keep watching GOT for more inspirations!  I know the fans of Inn at the Crossroads would love to get their hands on some of your molds!

Sandy's Creamsicle Cookies (adapted with dragon fire*)

1 cup butter
1 egg
1/2 cup honey
1 Tbsp orange juice
2-3 tsp vanilla
2-3 tsp orange extract
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper*
1/4 tsp salt
About 4 cups flour

Cream butter and sugar.  Combine beaten egg, honey, orange juice, vanilla, and orange flavoring.  In separate bowl, mix cinnamon, salt, and 3 cups flour.  Combine wet ingredients into dry, then add more flour until dough is workable.  It will be soft and slightly sticky.  Wrap in plastic and chill for 1/2 hour.

Note:  after following Sandy's video of the molding technique, I recommend placing the molded cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and placing them in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes before baking.  The more you can "set" the design the better.

I preheated my oven to 350 degrees, put in one tray of cookies, and then lowered the temperature to 325 after about 4 minutes.  I baked them for 20 minutes per sheet.  Watch the edges for browning!

I have about 300 days until the premier party for season three on HBO.  Any suggestions, GOT fans?  If you read Martin's series, what sweet do you think I should make to kick off book three?



  1. How absolutely creative! I can't wait until HBO releases the series on DVD. I'm an Anglophile (read English Major Geek), too!

    I love how creative you were with the lemn cakes, too.

  2. As the host of said GOT season premiere and finale parties, I can tell you that both the lemon cakes and these dragon cookies were D-I-V-I-N-E!!!!!! I don't ever want to eat regular old cake again (unless it's something made by you, dear sister) because I am spoiled with those lemon cakes. And these cookies? Forget about it. By far my favorite cookie. (Until the next ones you make.) The cayenne was a perfect touch and played off the orange so well. DEEEELIICIOUS!!! Please make them again?

  3. I love that you added cayenne. How perfect! Wish I could party with you and eat these gorgeous cookies!


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