These Direwolf Claws are the perfect fun and easy dessert for Game of Thrones watch parties!
Happy Thursday! How is your week going?
I’m hosting Fandom Foodies this month (you can read more about that in this post), and our theme is Game of Thrones recipes! I already have one GOT recipe on the site, the delicious and deliciously fun Frey Pie. But as much as I love that recipe, it’s a PROJECT. With the seventh season of the show premiering next month and, I’m sure, tons of viewing parties on the horizon, I wanted to make something that everyone, with every sort of schedule, could make. So we’re making Direwolf Claws!
These are basically simplified Bear Claws (with a little rebrand) and they are the best. They are super cute and soooooo good. They come out of the oven all flaky pastry and gooey filling. I seriously recommend inviting a ton of friends over to eat them with you because once you take a bite, you are going to want to eat them all!!
I’m sharing two versions today, chocolate and cinnamon. The cinnamon ones taste like a Pop-Tart and a croissant had a little baby pastry, and the chocolate ones are like biting into a super flaky pain au chocolat. I’d tell you which was my favorite, but I can’t because they are both equally the best. 😉
And the great thing about these treats is that they are basically the easiest thing in the world to make. Instead of a labor-intensive from-scratch dough, I used frozen puff pastry, which means all you have to do to make these Direwolf Claws is roll out some pre-made dough, cut, fill, and shape.
I added chocolate and cinnamon drizzles to mine for photographs so the flavors are easier to tell apart and because I think it looks cute, but if you don’t feel like waiting to eat them to finish that step, you can totally skip it! I made my first test version sans glaze, and they got gobbled just as fast!
Are you hosting any Game of Thrones parties this summer? Excited for the new season? I can’t believe it’s almost here!
- 1 17.3-ounce box Pepperidge Farm puff pastry sheets*
- All-purpose flour for dusting
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon (7g) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup (3oz) chopped semi-sweet chocolate high-quality chips are fine
Cinnamon Drizzle (Optional)
- 1/4 cup (30g) powdered sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon (7g) butter melted
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon milk
Chocolate Drizzle (Optional)
- 1/4 cup (1.5oz) chopped semi-sweet chocolate high-quality chips are fine
- Soften your puff pastry according to package instructions. Your dough should be pliable but not sticky. If it feels sticky or too warm, return it to the fridge for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 400°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
- In a small bowl, whisk together egg and milk to make the egg wash. Set aside. If making the cinnamon version, stir together all cinnamon filling ingredients in a separate small bowl.
- Lightly flour your workspace. Pull out first sheet of dough--leave the second sheet in the refrigerator until you are ready for it. Unfold the dough and you'll have about a 9x9-inch square. With a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough out to about 9x12 inches.
- Using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter and a ruler, cut dough into 6 4x4-inch squares (cut a 1-inch piece off the long side and then cut remaining dough down the center the long way and then cut those pieces into thirds).
- Transfer dough squares to prepared baking sheet at least an inch apart. Brush the edges of the squares with egg wash. Add 2 teaspoons of the cinnamon mixture or chopped chocolate to half of each square, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Fold pastries over and press gently to seal the edges. Cut 4 1/2-inch slits into each pastry on the pressed side to make the individual toes and gently shape them into an arch to make them more claw-like.
- Brush with egg wash and bake for 12 to 15 minutes (baking time may vary with different puff pastry brands). They are done when they are golden brown and puffed up tall.
- Repeat with second sheet of dough.
- Cool for 5 minutes and enjoy--these pastries are best when warm.
- Cinnamon: Whisk together powdered sugar, melted butter, and cinnamon. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon of milk, adding more by the 1/4 teaspoon until glaze reaches a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cinnamon pastries.
Chocolate: In a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate for 30 seconds and stir. Continue to microwave in 15-second increments and stir until chocolate is melted. Use a spoon or plastic bag with the corner snipped off to drizzle chocolate over pastries.
Recipe Adapted From TheKitchn
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Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry says
Clever idea and the cinnamon filling sounds yummy! I could eat one now
Bahaha! Love this I’m drinking my morning coffee and really wishing I had one of these right now! So clever!
Thanks for sharing
Hehe, thanks, Julie!
Kim @ Three Olives Branch says
What a fun idea!` I love using theme recipes for movie and TV nights. Can’t wait to try them, might mix the chocolate and cinnamon together!
Ooo, that might be good! Love that idea!
Allison - Celebrating Sweets says
This is so creative! My husband is so excited for the return of Game of Thrones – I should make these for him!
Thanks, Allison! And you should!! 😉
thank you for this great idea. My 17 yrs old son is having a summer party and most of his friends will stay for a sleep over. That could be a great treat for their breakfast
LOL, I be 17-year-olds would go crazy over these!
Can I use crescent roll dough instead? Having difficulty finding puff pastry sheets.
Hi Patty, puff pastry is usually sold in the freezer section near the frozen pies. Have you tried there? If you still can’t find them, you should be able to use crescent rolls. They won’t puff up the same way, but should still taste great. Pillsbury has a bear claw recipe on their site ( https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/crescent-bear-claws/6a06b3f6-be64-4b92-8f10-062a16b2cd5d ), so I would reference that for the cooking time and yield because it will probably differ from the puff pastry, and you might have to do a little experimenting to get them just right. Hope that helps!
These are fantastic! I made the cinnamon version for breakfast, and they were a hit. Thanks for a delicious, quick recipe!
So glad you enjoyed them, Autumn!!
Barbara Karr says
The final season is upon us, I just found this recipe and think it’s perfect for the first showing of the season! I feel obligated to make them as a test run before the show. Thanks for the awesome recipe! My guests will be grateful too. Barb
Hope everyone enjoys them, Barb!!