With the premier of Walking Dead season 3 right around the corner it seemed like a good time to talk about some Dead themed goodies.
First, a bit about Walking Dead. A hit show on AMC, The Walking Dead actually started as a really good collection of graphic novels. If you watch the show after reading the graphic novels you can actually see specific shots that give the feeling of a comic book panel, which just makes the show that much more awesome. The franchise has also spawned The Walking Dead game by Telltale Games, which has a graphic novel feel and an impressive level of choice based character development that gives the game an intense interactive storyline. (Okay the game freaked me out and had me jumping in my seat as much as the first Dead Space but with more personal buy in to the characters.) Another great aspect of the game is how many platforms it is available across, you can get it on your PS3 and XBox 360, your PC/Mac, iPhone and iPad.
As you might be able to tell, I am a big fan of the Walking Dead. Not only is the show about to start again, Halloween is also only a few weeks away. So it makes sense to start this particular series of recipes to make food and drinks that brings the Dead to the party. Especially for those Sunday night Walking Dead viewings.
The first treat in this series is a nod to the youngest member of the survivors on the show, a boy named Carl. Oh Carl, so many people want to see you dead. The son of characters Rick and Lori, this character is so annoying to the majority of viewers, that there was a #killCarlalready hashtag, tee shirts that declare STAY IN THE DAMN HOUSE CARL!, top 10 reasons to kill off Carl lists, a video with Wil Wheaton, and more. All because he is a complaining pain in the ass that never stays in the house when he has been told to. (Which almost always ends up getting someone else killed.) That is a lot of animosity towards a character who is well…a child. Then again, it is the zombie apocalypse kid, don’t you think this would be a good time to put aside that rebel against authority phase for a bit and just listen to your parents?! But who am I to judge, so here we go. A cookie for Carl, a dark chocolate cookie for a dark time, with a caramel center that just won’t stay put.
Stay in the House Carl Cookies
- 2¼ cups flour (all purpose)
- 1 cup butter (or butter substitute)
- 1 cup chocolate chips (I prefer dark, but for a sweeter cookie use milk. Oh and I use Nestle Toll House! Get it? Toll HOUSE! Whomp Whomp)
- 1¼ cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup baking cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Lots of Rolos or Caramellos. (Carl, caramel, close enough)
- Preheat the oven to 350F
- Cream the butter and sugar about 2-3 minutes, smoooooth it.
- Blend in the eggs one at a time (make sure you scrape the sides to get it all in)
- Mix in the cocoa powder at low-speed, until it is all blended in.
- Put in the flower, salt and baking powder to the bowl while mixing on low.
- Hand stir in the chocolate chips. (look if you keep blending it the cookie dough toughens up and no one likes a tough cookie. Except in boot camp.) A wooden spoon works best for this.
- Make a ball with some dough, flatten it then put in a Rolo (this is why I prefer Caramellos, they stack so you can put in two for extra caramel) in the middle and wrap the dough around it. Here is the trick, make sure that you do this in a way it is hard to tell there is something in the center…because then when the victim…er cookie eater bites into it the caramel will come running out…like Carl out of the house.
- Bake about 12 minutes. Serve warm, like Carl is…until he a zombie finally gets him.
Side note, to cut the sweet I sometimes add a little sea salt over the top of the cookies just before I bake them. Not a lot mind you just a tiny bit. Call it an homage to salty old Dale who died in Season 2.
Time: 35 minutes
Destructor Rating: Low. Unless someone is a clutz and drips caramel everywhere. Dammit Carl! Stay in the house!
Up next week, A Zombie’s Favorite Cupcake!