It’s officially the month of tricks or treats – emphasis on the treats. Since next week is the season premiere of “Vampire Diaries” – one of my most guiltiest of pleasures – I thought these vampire cookies were an ideal way to start October. I’ve made these cookies before for a “True Blood” party and they have since become a cookie cult favorite. They’re sort of like the cookie version of a jelly donut.
What you’ll need: 3/4 cup butter (softened), 1/2 cup sugar, 1 large egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 1/4 tsp salt, raspberry or strawberry jam, 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk
In your mixer bowl, cream together butter and sugar until lightly whipped. Beat in the egg and extract. Slowly add flour and salt until dough is just combined. Then wrap the dough either in plastic wrap or a sealed container and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. You want the dough to be nice and chilled.
Preheat oven to 325F. Divide the dough in half, keeping the half you’re not using in the refrigerator. For the next step you’re going to want to work somewhat fast because the dough gets warm pretty fast which causes it to be sticky and kind of difficult to work with (especially if you live in Florida). Gently roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/8-inch thick.
Next use a cookie cutter to cut out 2-inch rounds and place them on baking sheet.
Add a heaping 1/2 of teaspoon of jam on each round and cover with another round of dough.
Gently press the edges down, pinching the two together. Bake for about 10-12 minutes (until cookies look set). Let the cookies cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheet, and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
While cookies are cooling, take about a cup of powdered sugar and add 2 tablespoons of milk to create the pale icing (I used almond milk because that’s what I had available and it works great). Whisk the two together and let it sit for a minute or two. You’ll want your icing to be slightly thick, not too runny. Once the cookies have completely cooled, generously frost each cookie with an icing spatula or spoon. Let the icing firm up for at least 30 minutes.
Next, take about 1/4 of a cup of jam and heat it up in the microwave for about 30 seconds, then stir. To create the vampire bite, take a toothpick and poke two holes into each cookie, twisting the toothpick. To create a blood trickle, dip the toothpick into the warm jam and drag it from the holes downward.
I want to eat youuuuur cookies.
They’re so delicious looking – you’ll want to take a bite!
When I like something, I tend to go full nerd mode. The thought of watching “Vampire Diaires” while eating vampire cookies and wearing this Markus Lupfer Vampire Sequin Sweater is enough to make me seriously geek out. The black sweatshirt features a sequin vampire mouth that is as sexy as Ian Somerhalder. Okay, almost as sexy.
Recipe Adapted from Baking Bites