How To Make Molded Cookies

I usually use my silicone molds to make fondant decorations, but this time I tried using cookie dough and was very happy with the results.

I made my own mold using Amazing Mold Putty. It’s so much fun to go into second hand shops and antique stores to find beautiful pieces for mold making. Cameos, costume jewelry and buttons are a few of my favorite things to use. This particular mold was made using a decorative piece from my grandmother’s collection.
This is a great way to use up dough scraps that are left after cutting out cookies. I never use scraps more than once to make rolled cookies because of the problem of misshapen and bubbly cookies, but the scraps worked perfectly for this application. My general rule is to keep the dough cold while working with it, but this is an exception. The dough needs to be at room temperature in order to press it into the mold.
Press the dough into the mold and remove the excess around the edges.  It is helpful to grease the mold first with a little shortening or butter. I used my Orange Vanilla Spice cookie recipe, which is available here in my shop.
Immediately turn the mold over and bend the mold back to release the dough. You can use a scribe tool to help get the dough out of the small crevices.
Place the cookies in the freezer to chill for 15 minutes (or wrap them up and freeze them for up to 3 months until you’re ready to bake). It’s best to unmold these directly onto a sheet tray so that you don’t have to move them around while they’re soft. Then, when they’re cold enough to handle, move them to a room temperature sheet tray and into the oven.
Bake the cookies according to the recipe, but keep an eye on them as they are very thin so they will brown more quickly. I baked these for about 8 minutes.
Once the cookies are baked and cooled, you can dust them in powdered sugar. I dusted some and left some bare. These cookies are buttery with crispy edges and are a little chewy in the middle. I had a really hard time not eating the whole batch!
You can see other ways that I used the silicone molds here, here and here. Feel free to share photos of the different ways you’ve used silicone molds on my Facebook page.
Click on the images below for more cookie projects:                      Cracked Glaze Vintage-Wedding-23Wedding

Art Deco Inspired Cookie How-To

I first used this low-tech tissue paper method when I created these New York City skyline cookies. I don’t own a Kopykake, so this was the next best thing for me. Here’s how to do it.
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This is the template that I created for this project. You can click on the image to print the full size version.

Start out with a square cookie that has been iced in flood consistency royal icing and allowed to dry overnight. You can learn all about flooding in the video, Flooding With Royal Icing, which is available in my shop. You’ll also find my cookie and royal icing recipe there.
The gray color shown here can be achieved by mixing black with a touch of yellow to neutralize it.
Trace the image onto a piece of tissue paper using an edible ink marker. It helps to tape it down so it’s not moving around as you trace it.

Next, place the tissue paper over the cookie and tape the paper to the work surface.

Then, go over the image again with the edible ink marker. Make sure to put some pressure on it so that it bleeds through the paper.

It won’t be perfect, but you’ll have a basic outline of the design to use as a guide while you pipe.

Pipe over the outline of the design using black icing and a tip 1. This icing is a little thicker than flood consistency. You want the icing to flow out easily, but you don’t want it so thin that it spreads.

Let that dry for about 20 minutes. Put the cookie in front of a fan if possible.
Mix a little bit of black gel paste food coloring with a few drops of alcohol to form a paint. I like to use Bacardi 151, but you can use any alcohol or flavored extract.

Fill in the lines with the paint. I tried doing this by filling the lines in with icing, but the final product just didn’t look as clean as I would have liked.

Right after filling in the lines with the black paint, mix silver pearl dust with a few drops of alcohol and paint over the lines that you piped earlier.

And that’s it!

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Teddy Bear Cookie Tutorial

Last weekend I went to my grandmother’s house to visit for the afternoon. One of my favorite parts about visiting grandma when I was little (and now) was going to the basement to explore. There are so many fun things down there. Antique toys, a pool table, old books and photos…. This past weekend was no different. This time during my exploration of the basement, I came across an old high chair that was decorated with a picture of a teddy bear and a duck. As soon as I saw these images I knew I had to make a cookie! The final product came out far different than what I had originally planned, but that’s usually the case when I make cookies.
These images were the inspiration.

As you can see, the teddy bear cookie idea evolved into something a little different.
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I started out with a heart cutter for the head and a 6 petal flower cutter for the body. I used my Orange Vanilla Spice recipe for these cookies, which is available in my tutorial shop.

I was worried that the pieces would break apart after baking, but they melded together in the oven.

Every step of this process is done in flood consistency royal icing. I like to make my flood icing at 14 -16 count. That means it will take 14 -16 seconds for it to smooth itself out. You can learn all about flooding in my flooding with royal icing video tutorial, which is available in my shop.
Once the cookies are baked and cooled, ice them in flood consistency royal icing and a round tip 3. Allow the body to dry for about 30 minutes in front of a fan before piping the teddy bear’s head and the ears.
The color shown here is a mixture of brown with a touch of green to neutralize it.
Let the icing dry for about an hour, then add a snout using the same flood consistency icing.
Repeat this process on the ears and paws.
Use a scribe tool to help shape the icing.
Allow the icing to dry for another 30 minutes, then pipe a nose using black icing and a tip 1.
Use the scribe tool to help shape the nose and then use the icing from the nose to “draw” the mouth.
Pipe brown eyes using a tip 1.
Immediately add pupils with the black icing.
Allow the icing to dry 8-12 hours. I let mine sit overnight. Once it’s dry, use the scribe tool to scratch the surface to create seams in the bear. This is similar to how I did the cracked glaze technique.
To add “fur” to the teddy bear, apply some of the same light brown icing that you used to flood the bear. Then, dab the icing using a dry brush. The longer you dab, the more defined the texture will be.
Before the icing has a chance to dry, use the scribe tool to go over the seams again.
Let the icing dry for about 20 minutes in front of a fan, then apply dry bronze pearl dust on the edges and in the seams.
Use a mixture of gold pearl dust with alcohol or flavored extract to paint the inner ears and paws to give a satiny look. You can read more about painting with gold luster dust in this post.
To make the eyes look like they’re made of glass, take a drop of corn syrup and apply it with a small brush.
Apply it to the nose, too.
Make a bow using a tip 1.
Let each section of the bow dry before you move on to the next one.
Once the first layer of the bow is dry, you can add a second layer to add dimension.
Pipe a dot in the center and use the scribe tool to shape it.
Pipe tails.
Let the icing dry for another 4 hours before handling the cookie.
You can see the whole teddy bear cookie tutorial in action in this video: