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!|
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)
|Close-up: Drogon, the "naughty" one.|
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
1/2 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?