Easter is coming! There's no better way to celebrate the holiday and the return of Game of Thrones than by making your own Chocolate Peanut Butter Dragon Eggs at home. This recipe includes a Reese's-style peanut butter filling, crunchy sliced almond "scales", and a smooth chocolate coating.
If you're planning to throw a Game of Thrones Watch Party this Sunday, you might-- like me-- be jotting down ideas of how to feed your friends Winterfell feast style. And while Medieval dishes would definitely fit the bill, I think that the real must-have recipe your watch party (or simply, "For the Watch!") is a batch of these Chocolate Peanut Butter Dragon Eggs. Not only are they incredibly delicious-- like larger versions of the signature Reese's Eggs-- but they also look just like Danaerys' dragon eggs.
As someone who literally just bleached my whole head Targaryen blonde, you can imagine how excited I was to whip these together. Just about as excited as everyone who received my twelve billion snapchat shots of the process. Sorry, friends, that I've left you waiting for so long. But as George R.R. Martin once wrote, "He who hurries through life hurries to his grave.”
And trust me, these Dragon Eggs are worth the wait.
HOW TO GIVE YOUR CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER EGGS THE DRAGON LOOK
The coolest thing about these Chocolate Peanut Butter Dragon Eggs is, of course, the fact that they look like dragon eggs. The combination of a scaly appearance and ombre-effect coloring makes them resemble the eggs from Game of Thrones, but they're entirely edible. I've seen similar things done before with fondant and fancy tools (which, quite frankly, is above my level of dessert-decorating expertise), but I wanted to do something a little more approachable that also added to the flavor rather than just being there for show.
Enter almond slices!
The tear-drop shape of sliced almonds is the perfect solution for edible scales while also adding a slight layer of crunch to the top of your peanut butter eggs. In order to make the scale pattern, I simply start from the bottom and layer slightly-overlapping rows of almond slices all the way up to the tops of the eggs, making sure to also get some over the sides. To get the most scale-like appearance, it's important not to use broken or slivered slices, and to not push them in so that they're poking up too high-- just a slight upward angle will give the best final look.
Now, I'm not going to lie to you. This recipe is super easy to make, except for the process of layering the scales. You can do it, absolutely, but you have to be gentle when pushing the almonds in so that they don't break. And the whole sorting through the almonds and meticulously pressing them in thing? Yeah, it takes time. Do yourself a favor and put on a podcast before you get started.
Once the almonds are all in, it's smooth sailing. In order to finish off the dragon egg's look, I freeze the eggs until solid and then coat them in a layer of chocolate, which will make them look less pinecone-like. When the chocolate sets, I add color using food coloring sprays. I used Wilton brand from my local craft store, but you also can paint on extract-diluted food coloring with a brush if you prefer.
When coloring my eggs, I started with a base of gold, and then sprayed the tops with red, blue, and / or more gold to get the look I wanted. My favorite eggs were the ones that I kept gold at the bottom, sprayed blue ⅔ of the way down the egg from the top, and then sprayed a little extra gold in the middle to blend. It gave a great blue-to-green-to-gold ombre effect!
WHAT TO SUBSTITUTE FOR SLICED ALMONDS
If you're bummed out because you're not a fan of almonds, don't worry. While I got the best (and tastiest) results from sliced almonds, I've also tried making these with pepitas (AKA raw, hulled pumpkin seeds) and corn flakes, and both versions turned out fine. Any thin, oval or tear-drop shaped edible ingredient that pairs well with chocolate should be fine to substitute here.
WHAT TO SUBSTITUTE FOR PEANUT BUTTER
Allergic to peanut butter? No worries. You can make this recipe with peanut butter substitutes, such as almond butter or sunflower seed butter. Just be aware that you might have to tweak the proportions of your dough a bit for texture and flavor. The upside to that is that you have a great excuse to keep eating-- er, I mean taste-testing-- the dough.
WHAT TO SUBSTITUTE FOR VEGETABLE SHORTENING
In order to get the chocolate to melt smoothly, this recipe calls for vegetable shortening such as Crisco. However, if you don't have it on hand or prefer not to use it, you can easy swap it out for coconut oil instead for the same results.
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- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 stick melted butter
- 1-2 tablespoons milk, if necessary, to soften
- 1 large bag sliced almonds (see note)
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 heaping tablespoons shortening
- Spray food coloring (I used gold, blue, and red)
- In a large bowl, combine the powdered sugar, graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter, and melted butter. Use a hand mixer to mix until well-combined. Use your hands to smush the dough together and roll into 2" balls. If the dough is too crumbly, mix in a tablespoon of milk at a time to soften it.
- Place the peanut butter dough balls onto a wax paper lined baking sheet and gently press into egg shapes. Starting from the bottom, very gently push in the sliced almonds, overlapping each layer slightly, to give a scaly look. Be careful not to push hard because the almonds can easily break. This step requires some patience!
- Transfer the baking sheet to the freezer and allow to chill until solid.
- In a medium-sized, microwave safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and shortening. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth and entirely melted.
- One at a time, set a peanut butter egg on top of a fork or spoon and dip into the melted chocolate. Spoon over the chocolate and flip to coat. Using the fork, lift the egg from the chocolate. Shake and tap the handle of the fork against the bowl to encourage any excess chocolate to drip off and better reveal the scales. Set back onto the wax paper and repeat for remaining eggs.
- Let the chocolate dry and set. To speed up this step, you can set the baking sheet of eggs in the refrigerator.
- Spray the eggs all over with gold food coloring and then use gold, blue, and red to create an ombre effect. The best results occur when keeping gold at the bottom and layering the other colors from the top down. Allow the spray coloring to dry, and then serve.
Measuring the amount of almonds is tough to do, as the amount of intact sliced almonds will vary depending on the bag. Look for bags of sliced almonds that aren't broken up, because you can't use the broken ones! I bought a 16 ounce bag for this recipe, and while I didn't use even half of the almonds slices, I was glad that I could easily and quickly pick through for pieces that weren't broken.
- Prep Time: 1 hour 20 mins