Saturday, October 4, 2014

Daryl's "Walker" Ear Cookies (The Walking Dead)

 Make these gruesome-looking "Walker" Ears just like
the ones Daryl Dixon wears on his necklace in
AMC's "The Walking Dead".
And the best part is that they're EDIBLE!!!
You're going to LOVE these super-soft sugar cookies
because they have cream cheese mixed right into the dough.


"Walker" Ear Cookies
*makes 4 dozen

Cookie Dough Ingredients:

8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1.5 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3.5 cups all-purpose flour
food coloring (red, yellow, blue & green)
powdered sugar, for dusting
all-purpose flour, for dusting


Place cream cheese, butter & sugar into large bowl. Mix on high with electric mixer until creamy. Add in: salt, baking powder, egg & vanilla. Mix again. Now add in flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each. You should now have a sticky dough. Dump out onto sheet of plastic wrap. Cover well and chill in fridge for at least 2 hours.

Remove from fridge and knead on a flat surface that has been sprinkled with a mixture of 50% flour and 50% powdered sugar. Split into two dough balls. Recover one with plastic and place back in fridge.

Take the second lump of dough and make a small bowl in the center. Drop in 2 drops of red food coloring and 1 drop of yellow. Knead well until the dough has turned flesh colored. Wrap this one back up and place in fridge. 

Take out the uncolored lump and make another small bowl in the center. This one is going to be greenish-gray. Drop 1 of each: red, yellow and green food coloring. Now drop 2-3 of the blue. Knead this until it has all been colored, you can add more food coloring droplets until it reaches the desired color. Now rewrap this one and take the flesh colored back out. (The reason we keep doing this is because the dough can become soft from the warmth of our hands.)

Tear a chunk from the flesh-colored dough (about 1/5 of it). Place it on a flat surface with more flour/powdered sugar and roll it out with a rolling pin until it is 1/4" thick. 

Take a spoon from your silverware set and hold it upside down so the rounded bowl side is facing up. Use the edge of the spoon to cut out an oval ear. The following steps for shaping the ear can't really be described. It's best to watch the above video to see exactly how this is done. The instructions are very simple, though.

Once the ears have been shaped, place them on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and bake them in an oven that has been preheated to 375 degrees F and bake them for 4-5 minutes. Let cool.

After the ears have cooled, use chocolate syrup and a thin paintbrush (new and clean) to brush into the creases and crevices of the ears. Also, dab in random places to make them look dirty and dingy.

Now, brush on the Edible Blood (recipe below) on the nicks and bitten areas of the ears to give them a bloodied look (or substitute the Edible Blood with strawberry preserves). 

Enjoy while watching your favorite episode of The Walking Dead!!

Edible Blood Ingredients:

chocolate syrup (from a bottle)
red food coloring


Squirt some chocolate syrup into a dish. Add 2-3 drops of red food coloring. Mix well. Add more food coloring if you like. 

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