TGON Bakes: Hotel Transylvania Vampire Cookies

Who would have thought that a movie about Dracula running a monster hotel would be such a big hit? Well, it did. And after the success of Hotel Transylvania 1 and 2, they just released movie number three called: Summer Holiday.

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Source: cdn.movieweb.com

Ingredients

Cookies
245 gr all-purpose flour
25 gr unsweetened cocoa powder, plus additional cocoa powder for flouring surface
140 gr graham flour
165 gr dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
70 gr unsalted butter, cold, cubed
80 gr honey
60 ml whole milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting

Frosting
460 gr cream cheese, softened
230 gr unsalted butter, softened
15 gr powdered sugar
Red food colouring

Assembly
240 mini marshmallows
48 slivered almonds

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Source: usatoday.com

How to bake

Cookies
1. Combine the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until thoroughly combined.
2. Add the butter and pulse, scraping down the sides as necessary until pea-sized chunks remain. This takes around 1 to 2 minutes.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey, milk, and vanilla until thoroughly combined.
4. Stream the mixture into the food processor while running. The dough should come together in a ball after a minute or two.
5. Divide the dough into two balls, flatten into large disks, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until dough is slightly firm. This takes about 30 minutes.
5. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
6. On a large surface lightly dusted with cocoa powder, roll the dough out into a disk 1/8 inch(2,5 cm) thick.
7. Using a 4-inch(10cm) round cookie cutter, cut out 24 rounds and transfer them to 2 parchment-lined baking sheets.
8. Place the sheets in the oven and bake the cookies until they are dry to the touch, 8 to 10 minutes total while rotating the sheets top to bottom and back to front halfway through cooking.
9. When the cookies are done and still hot, gently slice each in half with a sharp knife or bench scraper.
10. After 5 minutes, remove the cookies from the baking sheet and transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Frosting
1. Combine the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat until thoroughly combined.
2. Add the sugar and beat it all until smooth.
3. Slow the stand mixer down to a low speed and begin to add food colouring until it acquires a bright reddish-pink hue.

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Source: hoteltransylvania2.com/

Assembly
1. With an offset spatula or butter knife, spread 1 tablespoon of frosting on each cookie half.
2. Add the mini marshmallows to 12 cookie halves, starting at the centre and placing them side by side along the entire curved edge.
3. Top them with the remaining 12 cookie halves.
4. Add a sliver of almond on either side of the centre 4 marshmallows, while using cookie’s frosting as an adhesive if necessary.

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