Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Fang-tastic Recipe

Words can not express what a huge fan I am of the HBO series True Blood. I have been absolutely hypnotized by the characters since the very first episode. I have also converted many of my friends and family over to the dark side, and we are now all obsessed with every blood sucking moment of Bon Temps (especially those moments concerning my personal addiction, Eric Northman). So much so, that every season I throw a 'season premiere party' as well as a 'season finale party'. I make vampire themed treats, dress in my 'Fangtasia' shirt and we all watch together. I have been counting down the days for months and now it is only a few short hours until I am watching the True Blood season 4 premiere with a few of my closest friends! In years past I have made a different vampire themed cupcake for every season premiere (season 2 cupcake, season 3 cupcake, season 3 finale cupcake- click the links for a picture of each creation of mine) ..but this year I wanted to try something even more out of the box. I went with a cookie recipe I discovered here. With its pale white appearance and deep red filling, it was just perfect for the occasion! Simply irresistible, I'm sure Eric would even want a bite ;)

Vampire Bite Cookies
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp almond or coconut extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
approx 1/2 cup red jam (raspberry/strawberry)

1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in egg and extracts.
2. Add flour and salt to the bowl and mix them into the butter-sugar mixture at low speed until dough is just combined. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 325F.
3. Divide dough in half and keep the portion you are not using in the refrigerator.
Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/8-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out 2-inch rounds.
4. Place rounds on a baking sheet, put a teaspoon of jam on each of them and cover with another round of dough. Press edges down lightly, pinching the edges onto the cookie sheet. Use a toothpick and poke two small holes (like a vampire bite) in the top of each cookie.
5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookies are set.
6. Cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
7. Dip a toothpick in some extra red jam and re-insert in the “bite” holes you made before baking to emphasize them, if not already red. Draw a blood trick down from one of the bites with the jam, if desired.

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