Cookie Class at Create A Cook with ZANDA PANDA Molds

ZANDA PANDA Cookie Clas at Create a Cook

ZANDA PANDA Cookie Class at Create a Cook

I had a great time teaching a cookie making class at Create a Cook in Newton, MA.

It was on Earth Day, so I thought everyone would enjoy making butterfly cookies.  They loved using the butterfly molds, but I think the stoneware cookie molds were definitely their favorites.

Along with the butterflies, they made cats, bats, robots, unicorns, dragons, witches, knights, shields and castles..
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ZANDA PANDA Cookie Class at Create a Cook

ZANDA PANDA Cookie Class at Create a Cook

A creative and delicious way to spend  a rainy Earth Day!

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Photography by NIKO

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Video: How to Make Halloween Cookies with ZANDA PANDA’s Handmade Stoneware Halloween Molds (Demo with Recipe)

VIDEO! How to Make Halloween Treats with
ZANDA PANDA’s Handmade
Stoneware Halloween Cookie Molds

There’s nothing  tricky about making these treats!

Images of ZANDA PANDA's Handmade Stoneware Halloween Cookie Molds
ZANDA PANDA’s Handmade Stoneware Halloween Cookie Molds and Cookies

Make these adorably goofy Bat, Cat and Witch cookies for your Halloween party or to delight your favorite Trick-or-Treaters.

Watch the video to see how easy it is or visit the ZP website for more info.  You can also download a PDF with instructions and the recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Cream Cheese Cookie Dip.

A few things to remember:

•  Always use a cookie dough recipe that was designed for molded cookies, or they might flatten out in the oven when baked and will lose the designs.  You can find recipes on the ZP website and at Anne L. Watson’s Molded Cookie site.

 •  Oil your mold very sparingly, too much oil may encourage the dough to stick.  You’ll want a very soft sheen on the face of the mold.  If it’s shiny, wipe away the excess oil with a lint free towel.  You only need to oil your mold once – not before each cookie.

 •  Thoroughly dust your dough with flour – But be sure that it looks ‘frosted’ – not heavily floured.


YES!  Although we are no longer taking reservations, you can still receive a 
20% discount 

on a set of Halloween Cookie Molds if you’re on my ‘Favorite People‘ list
(or would like to be added to the list).

To order, visit:  http://zandapanda.com/HalloweenStonewareCookieMolds.asp , where you’ll also find illustrated directions on using your molds and a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cookies with cream Cheese Cookie Dip.

And feel free to send me photos of yourself in costume with your Halloween cookies!

Happy Halloween!

Halloween Cat Cookie made with ZANDA PANDA's Handmade Stoneware Halloween Cookie Mold

Spooky Summer- Halloween in July!

Halloween in July?

Halloween Cookies made with ZANDA PANDA's Handmade Stoneware Cookie Molds.  Halloween Cat, Bat and Witch designs.

Halloween Cookies made with ZANDA PANDA Stoneware Molds

Here’s to Spooky Summer Nights!  Even though I’m enjoying the heat wave and am in no rush for cool weather, I’ve been working on stoneware Halloween cookie molds.  They’re coming out very nicely from the prototype molds.

These will be handmade, so the supply will be limited.  If you’d like to reserve a set, please e-mail me at: Lira@zandapanda.com to let me know.  There’s no obligation to purchase and we’ll hold a set for one week after we notify you that they’re ready to ship.  Or join our mailing list to receive updates.

I think they’d look great with a yellow cookie dough for the background (like a full moon), with chocolate cookie dough for the witch, cat and bat.  I’ll definitely post a pic when I make them.

I also  think that I may not be able to resist making ceramic boxes with Halloween lids :)

ZANDA PANDA’s Puppy Mold Featured in DOG FANCY Magazine!

ZANDA PANDA’s Puppy Mold Featured
in DOG FANCY Magazine!

ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold Featured in Dog Fancy Magazine

ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold Featured in Dog Fancy Magazine!

We’re delighted that DOG FANCY Magazine picked our
Puppy Mold to feature in their ‘Fun Dog‘ section!

If you’re new or visiting from Dog Fancy magazine, welcome to ZANDA PANDA’s Blog and Website! If you’re a returning visitor or one of our Favorite People, thanks very much for stopping by again!

PUPPY MOLD

The fun idea behind the Puppy Mold is that you can make
Cake, Cookies, Crafts
& More
that look like your favorite breed of dog or a ‘portrait’ of your family pet!

ZANDA PANDA’s Puppy Mold for Cake/Cookies/Chocolate/Crafts
(click the image above to learn how to make the beagle puppy cookie)

 

Here are some ideas to show you what you can do with your Puppy Mold:


Yellow Lab Cake • Chocolate LabDalmatian Cookie • Terrier Cookie • Poodle Cake

Recipes and directions for puppy-shaped:

•   Fudge
•   Brownies
•   Bread
•   Deep Dish Upside Down Apple Pie
•   Birthday cake for your dog (liver flavored)

More ideas:

•   No-Bake Backwards Cake™ Made by painting in chocolate or pressing edible clay or fondant into the mold to make a shell, then filling with your favorite ingredients, like cookie crumbs, fruits, syrups, ice cream or pound cake.

•  Make a crayon box or a box for your puppy’s favorite treats decorated with a polymer clay puppy.

•  Rainy day fun:  Kids can make salt dough or polymer clay puppies of different breeds, paint them and have a dog show!

 

For more information, please visit the PUPPY page on the website!



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Beagle Puppy Cookie – The cutest one yet!

How to make a Beagle Puppy Cookie

Cute Beagle Puppy Cookie made with ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold

Beagle Puppy Cookie


He’s
Edible…He’s Adorable…He’s Edidorable!!

I think this is the cutest one I’ve made with the Puppy Mold yet.  And it’s actually very easy to do, I’ll take you through step-by-step.

In addtion to the ingredients in the cookie dough recipe, you’ll need:

•  Cocoa powder
•  Red food coloring
•  ZANDA PANDA Puppy Mold

First you’ll need cookie dough, I recommend this recipe:

No-Spread Cookie Dough Recipe

  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 cups unsalted butter
  • 2 cups superfine/baking sugar (not powdered)
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. Almond extract
  • 1 tsp. fine grain (table) salt

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F /150 degrees C / Gas mark 2.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about five minutes.  Add eggs and vanilla, mixing well.  Mix dry ingredients together and add gradually to butter mixture.  Mix until flour is completely incorporated and the dough comes together.  Chill for 1 to 2 hours.  Bake puppy cookies for 8-12 minutes depending on thickness.

You can make a lot of different breeds using this technique.

Mixing colors:

•  Mix a tiny bit of red food coloring into a small amount of dough about the size of a small grape. You’ll want a nice pink color.

•  Add about a teaspoon of cocoa powder into a small bowl.  Roll a golf ball-sized ball of cookie dough in the cocoa and mix until it’s a light brown.

•  Break off a small grape-sized piece of the light brown dough and roll it in the cocoa again, mixing it until you have a very dark brown.

Your colors should look something like these:

Beagle Cookie Dough Colors

Beagle Cookie Dough Colors

I dusted the mold with flour out of habit, but you actually don’t need to do this when using cookie dough.

You’re adding color from front to back, this will make sense as we go along:

• First take the dark brown dough and fill in his eyes and nose.

• Next fill in the tongue with the pink dough

Filling in the beagle's eyes, nose and tongue

Fill in his eyes, nose and tongue

• Next, add untinted cookie dough to his muzzle, chin and between his eyes.

• Also add a ‘saddle’ of dark brown to his side.

I know this looks a little weird, but bear with me.

Next add plain dough to his muzzle and a dark 'saddle' on his side

Next add plain dough to his muzzle and a dark ‘saddle’ on his side

• Next add the medium brown to cover his head, I also blended the two browns to make his ears a little darker, but it’s not really necessary (speaking of ears, I know beagle pups have longer ears – but he’s only a cartoony cookie!).  You also could add the medium brown to his shoulders, which is a very common marking, but I didn’t want to make it more complicated.

• Add dark brown to make his tail and untinted dough to make the tip.

Add medium brown to his head and dark brown for his tail, with a tip made with untinted dough

Add medium brown to his head and dark brown for his tail.  Tip is untinted dough

• Add untinted dough to fill in the rest of the puppy.
Use untinted dough to fill in the rest of the puppy

Use untinted dough to fill in the rest of the puppy

Here are a two tips to make it even easier:

• When pressing one color dough on top of another, try to press straight down, so that you don’t dislodge the first color.

• Support the mold from behind with your other hand when pressing the dough in to prevent ‘bounceback’.

Tip: Support the mold from behind with your other hand when pressin the dough in to prevent 'bounceback'.

Tip: Support the mold from behind with your other hand when pressing the dough in to prevent ‘bounceback’.

Place your mold on a cookie sheet and pop him into a 300 degree F /150 degree C / Gas mark 2  oven until the edges brown and they begin to pull away slightly from the mold.

I think it takes much longer to explain how than to actually do it :)

So there you have it, step-by step to adorableness (followed by squeals of delight…then munching sounds).

If you’ve created the perfect pastry portrait of your precious pooch, be sure to send in a photo to share!

Also a reminder, when you join ZANDA PANDA’s ‘Favorite People List‘, you’ll be the first to hear news of new designs and  receive discount codes exclusive to list members.  I never share list member information and you can unsubscribe at any time.

How to make Cute Dalamatian Puppy Cookies – Recipe

Dalmatian Puppy Cookies

These seem to be everyone’s favorite yummy thing made from the Puppy mold.
The recipe is also on the back of the Puppy Mold’s box.

Dalmatian Puppy Cookie made with ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold!

Dalmatian Puppy Cookie made with ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold!

 

 

DALMATIAN PUPPY COOKIES

No-spread cookie dough:

  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 cups unsalted butter
  • 2 cups superfine sugar (not powdered)
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tsp. fine grain (table) salt
  • Red gel food coloring (optional)

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla and almond extracts. Mix well.

Mix dry ingredients together and add gradually to egg mixture. Mix until flour is completely incorporated. Chill for 1 to 2 hours.

Lightly dust Puppy Mold with flour. For one big, round cookie, roll cookie dough into a 9” circle, then press into the mold.

For individual Puppy Cookies, dust mold with flour and press dough into the puppy shape of the mold.

For best detail, bake right in the mold, but cookies can also be baked on a cookie sheet. Bake 7-12 minutes, depending on thickness, until edges are golden brown.

To make a Dalmatian Puppy Cookie: Paint melted chocolate directly into the mold for eyes, nose and spots. For a pink tongue, add a tiny bit of red gel food coloring (use a toothpick) to a small amount of dough, blend and press into the mold.  Then gently press cookie dough into just the puppy shape of the mold.   Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-12 minutes, depending on thickness.  Melted chocolate can also be painted on the cookie after baking, using a small artist’s brush.

Recipe adapted from: Capitts at BakeSpace


Next, I’d like to try making border collie puppy cookies using a little cocoa in half the cookie dough…

 


BTW, we’re taking reservations on the first shipment of Puppy molds.  Also, when you join the ZP mailing list, we’ll send you a coupon code for a discount on your Puppy mold!

 


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I ♥ Low Fat, Healthy Brownies

HEART-HEALTHY BROWNIES

Easy, Chocolaty & Guilt Free (Also Cute)!

I first tasted black bean brownies at a party after an Aikido seminar in Boston.  I thought they were fantastic; fudgy dense and chocolaty.  These will definitely appeal to kids and are easy to make with a little adult help with the food processor.

Ingredients for heart healthy, low fat brownies

♥ Ingredients for heart healthy, low fat brownies ♥

These brownies couldn’t be simpler to make.  All you actually need is a box of brownie mix and a can of black beans.   That’s it.   I added some optional ingredients in the big silly pink parenthesis.  I used a little strong, black coffee and a dash of cinnamon to give it a little more complexity – but I forgot to add a touch of vanilla to add a mellow note.  I also added a couple of teaspoons of cocoa powder to make it even more chocolaty.  For the truly adventurous, a dash of cayenne (I wasn’t that adventurous this time :) )  And brownies aren’t brownies to me without walnuts.

ZANDA PANDA Puppy Mold prepared by brushing in melted vegetable shortening and dusting with cocoa powder.

ZANDA PANDA Puppy Mold, which was prepared by brushing in melted vegetable shortening and lightly dusting with cocoa powder. Ready for the low fat brownie batter!

Basic directions:  I prepared the Puppy mold by lightly brushing the interior with melted vegetable shortening (Crisco), then dusting with cocoa powder.  This helps to release baked goods and also gives their surface a smoother finish.

To make the batter, rinse a can of black beans in a colander, then put them back in the can and add water until it reaches the top of the can.  Purée beans and water in a food processor and don’t stop until it’s very smooth.  Add puréed beans to the brownie mix, pour into the pan and bake at 325 °F (177 °C) for 40 to 55 minutes.  Don’t overbake ;P

Better Brownie Batter in a ZANDA PANDA Puppy Mold

Better Brownie Batter in a ZANDA PANDA Puppy Mold

Puppy mold filled with brownie batter.  I studded half with walnuts, pressing them in slightly, but not enough to show on the decorative surface of the brownies.

Slightly overbaked but delicious low fat brownie made with ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold

Slightly overbaked but delicious low fat brownie made with ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold

I like my brownies on the fudgy side.  These came out a little more cake-y than I like them, because I overbaked them slightly.  I thought that the middle was unbaked when checking wih a toothpick.  I actually was hitting the melted chocolate chips.  Duh.  I don’t think the brownie would have cracked if I hadn’t overbaked it a little.  Also the walnuts made the surface flex because they weren’t completey ‘embedded’ in the back of the brownie.

But it still tasted fantastic.  The best part is that it’s not only super simple to make, it’s also low fat, high fiber, guilt free and chocolaty!  And kids will actually like it!  All in all, very cute and VERY tasty!!!


PUPPY MOLD NEWS!

We’re now taking reservations for Puppy Molds! There is no obligation when you reserve. We’ll notify you when they’re ready to ship and will hold your reservation for two weeks.

To reserve, just e-mail us at: info@zandapanda.com and mention the Puppy Mold in the subject line.

Join the Zanda Panda Mailing List for special offers, contests and coupons! It’s free, we will never share your information and you can unsubscribe at any time. Although we’d love to hear all about you, all we really need is your name and an e-mail address.

If you’re already subscribed, watch for a special offer on the Puppy Mold coming soon!


Pup-O-Rama!

 

 

I’m back from QVC training.  The Kaleidoscope Heart and Butterfly Molds will be featured there soon.  I’ll post the date when it’s finalized.

So I finally had time to have some fun with the prototype Puppy Mold.  Here are cake, cookie and chocolate puppies of various breeds.

Chocolate Lab Puppy

Chocolate Lab Puppy

 

Dalmatian  Puppy Cookie

Dalmatian Puppy Cookie

Yellow Lab Puppy Cake made with the Zanda Panda Puppy Mold

Yellow Lab Puppy Cake

Umm, this is a poodle...

Pink Terrier Puppy Cookie

And you knew this was a terrier...right?

Zanda Panda’s Heart Mold Makes Spatulatta’s Top Ten Picks from the International Home and Housewares Show 2009

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Thanks Spatulatta!

We are very happy to announce that Spatulatta’s blog picked Zanda Panda’s Kaleidoscope Heart Mold as one of it’s top ten picks from the 2009 International Home and Housewares Show.

Spatulatta’s site has lots of great videos of kids teaching kids through video recipes.  You can check it out their fun and informative site at:  http://www.spatulatta.com/

Zanda Panda Kaleidoscope Heart Mold

Zanda Panda Kaleidoscope Heart Mold


From Spatulatta’s blog:

6. Zanda Panda Silicone Heart Mold

Sandra Lira, the designer, started as a sculptor and used silicone for molding bronze. One day it dawned on her that she could put her skills to work in the kitchen. She observed that children would bicker over who was going to get the decoration on a cake so she decided to make the whole cake a decoration.

She has a number of designs of cake and chocolate molds some of which have hand sculpted unicorns. I especially liked the heart mold. It’s perfect for shortbeard because it’s deeply scored. You can easily divide the cake into 8 individual heart shapes. Sandra uses the mold for chocolate, painting red chocolate into the small hearts before pouring milk chocolate into the rest of the mold. She then uses edible Luster Dust to highlight the flowers and curlicues.

Molds are also great for crafts. They form plaster of paris or paper maché as easily as cake batter.


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