The "How to Train Your Dragon" movies and "Dragons: Defenders of Berk" TV series from Dreamworks Animation are based on Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon book series which began in 2004. Love me some movies and such made from books!
Note: The amount of recipe text below might seem daunting but there's so much of it only because I'm ridiculously detailed just in case someone might need it. Just look at the pictures and you'll get the gist of the recipe. It's really straightforward–slapping a lollipop stick in the middle of a sandwich cookie, sticking on some jellybeans, dippin' it in candy melts, and then decorating it with a Toothless face. Voila!
Toothless Cookie Pops
9-12 Circle Sandwich Cookies (I used Mint Oreos. The flavor combination w/ everything else is awesome!)
1 Bag Black Candy Melts
Regular-sized Jelly Beans (I used Licorice. You could also use whole almonds, I suppose.)
Lime Flavored Toostie Fruit Rolls
White Cookie Icing
9-12 Lollipop Sticks
1 Medium & 1 Small Pot (Double-Boiler), if melting on the stovetop
Waxed Paper or Parchment Paper
Cookie Sheet/Baking Tray or Large Cutting Board
Tiny Teardrop Cutter (a small circle cutter will do)
Foam Block w/ holes made in advance (or other item to hold the cookie pops upright)
2. Candy Melts: Melt the candy melts either in the microwave or on the stove top. If using the microwave, pour the melts into a microwave safe bowl & heat at 30 second intervals, stirring after each time, until the candy melts are completely melted & smooth. Stir in a small amount of shortening to thin the melt mixture out a little (makes for easier dipping). If using the stove top method (a.k.a. double-boiler method) you'll need 2 pots, 1 that can sit on top of, or nestle a little bit inside of, the other. Fill the larger pot about halfway with water & cook over medium heat until the water is simmering hot. Fill the smaller pot with the candy melts & place over the water pot. Put in a small amount of shortening & stir until the candy melts are melted, lowering the heat to medium low so the mixture doesn't burn. I usually use the microwave melting method but this time I used the stove top method to keep from having to re-melt the candy melt mixture every so often while making these cookie pops. The stove top method, if kept on medium to low heat, provides an even temperature that keeps the melts melted throughout the cookie pop process.
4. Sticking on the Jellybeans: Working with 1 cookie pop at a time, affix the jellybeans & jellybean quarters to the cookie pop using the candy melt mixture. Right before you dip each bean you will need to squish the end of the bean with your fingers so that it will nestle nicely between the cookie sides. Use the image above as reference for where to place the dipped jellybeans & pieces. Remember, you only need to dip 1 end of the jellybean/jellybean quarter, not the whole thing. After you place a bean/bean piece between the cookie sides hold it there for a moment so it can solidify in place. Blowing on it helps. Once the bean bits are secure lay the cookie pop back on the paper-lined tray. Repeat this process with all of the cookie pops & then place the tray in the freezer for a few minutes.
5. Dipping the Pops: Stir the melt mixture to make sure it's nice & smooth. Remove the tray from the freezer & 1 by 1 carefully dip the cookie pops into the candy melt & then place them upright in the foam block. When you dip the cookie pops, angle the pot so the melt mixture pools giving it more depth to dip in. If using microwaved melts angle the bowl or pour the melt mixture into a tall cup. Turn the cookie pop over to coat both sides–but do it quickly so that the heat doesn't cause the jellybeans to fall off! Use a toothpick to push away excess melt mixture & to fill in any gaps so that the pop is completely covered (run the toothpick between the jellybean parts too to get rid of any globs/excess). Let the excess drip back into the pot. Let the pops solidify for a couple of minutes, upright in the foam block, before continuing to the next step.
7. Details & Finishing Up: Use a toothpick, tip dipped into the melt mixture, to create pupils on the green teardrop eyes. Let the pupils harden & then use a clean toothpick dipped in a little pool of white cookie icing to create the white highlights on the eyes (see the photo above). I chose to put the whites opposing one another because I thought that looked better, but you can try it with the whites both on the right or left sides of the pupils & see how you like it. Display your finished cookie pops upright in the foam block. If you'd like to give Toothless some fish, add Swedish Fish gummies to the bottom of the cookie pops, right below the nostril jimmies (see below), while the candy melt coating is still soft, or by adding a tiny toothpick amount of melt to the area & then sticking the fish on.
|aw, wook at dat ickle baybay! so cute Toofwess!|
* For another treat inspired by a Dreamworks movie try my Jack Frost Cupcakes! *