Valentine’s Day Heart Cookies – New Designs – Plus Creamsicle Cookie Recipe!

NEW!  VALENTINE’S DAY COOKIE MOLDS!

Handmade Stoneware Valentine Heart Cookie Molds

Ruffled Hearts - One of the new Valentine Heart Cookie designs from ZANDA PANDA

Ruffled Hearts - One of the new Valentine Heart Cookie designs

Recipe: Creamsicle Cookies | Etsy Shop: More Cookie Molds | Which Valentine?

My Stoneware Valentine Heart Cookie Molds are made for baking and crafts. Each cookie mold is individually handmade in my studio in Connecticut. To create these designs, clay is hand-formed around my original sculptures. The clay is then kiln fired twice to produce the food-safe stoneware mold. Dishwasher safe or hand wash.

See the Creamsicle Cookie recipe below and all the Valentine Heart designs on the ZANDA PANDA website – and find out ‘Which Valentine are YOU?

You can find these handmade stoneware cookie molds in my Etsy Shop!

Valentine Heart Cookies- Which Valentine are YOU?

Valentine Heart Cookies- Which Valentine are YOU?

 

RECIPE:

This recipe was developed specifically for molded cookies, so they won’t flatten out and lose their design when baking. I developed it using the recipe framework in Anne Watson’s cookie book.

 

Creamsicle Cookies (perfect for molded cookies)

1 cup butter
1 egg
½ cup honey 
1 Tbsp orange juice
2-3 tsp vanilla
2-3 tsp orange extract
½ cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
About 4 cups of flour

Cream butter and sugar.  Add beaten egg, honey, orange juice, vanilla and orange flavoring.   In separate bowl, mix cinnamon , salt and 3 cups flour.  Combine wet ingredients into dry, then add more flour until dough is workable, it will be soft and slightly sticky.  Chill for ½ hour.

 

Creamsicle Royal Icing

2 cups powdered sugar
1 ½ Tbsp meringue powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp orange extract
¼ cup water or orange juice

Beat sugar and meringue powder until combined.  Add water and beat on medium to high speed until glossy and stiff peaks form,  5-7 minutes.  Add more liquid or powdered sugar to get the best consistency.   To test for proper consistency, drip some icing off the mixing spoon into the bowl, it should sit on the surface for a moment before disappearing.

On back of cookie, using an icing bag fitted with a small round tip, trace outline with icing.  Allow to set, then flow icing into outline.   Optionally, just drizzle the icing onto the back of the cookie in diagonal zig-zags.  

Allow icing to dry thoroughly.  If stacking cookies in container, put wax paper between layers.

VARIATIONS:

  •  For a more tropical flavor, substitute canned mango pulp for the orange juice in both the cookie and icing recipe. 

  •  For extra flavor, you can also substitute orange marmalade for half of the honey in the cookie recipe.  Marmalade may leave bits of orange in your cookies, so if you’re using a mold with fine detail, you may not want flecks in it.

 


Click links to find illustrated directions, a PDF and a VIDEO on how to use my handmade stoneware cookie molds (demonstrated on the Halloween Cookie Molds, but the technique is the same) – and it’s really easy!


Hope you enjoy the recipe and molds and have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

♥ ♥ ♥

For more Valentine’s Day designs, please see my
Kaleidoscope Heart Cake/Cookie/Chocolate/Crafts Mold!

 ZANDA PANDA's Kaleidoscope Heart Mold

Happy Valentines Day!!!

Sandy

♥ ♥ ♥

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

Guest Blogger Anne L. Watson’s Demo: How to Make Layered Cookies in a Cookie Mold!

How to Make Layered Cookies in a Cookie Mold with Guest Blogger Anne L. Watson
Our guest blogger today literally “wrote the book” on molded cookies!  Anne L. Watson is here to tell us how to make layered cookies in the Kaleidoscope Heart Mold.  Molded cookies don’t have to taste boring. Learn how to add nuts, raisins, chocolate chips, etc., to your molded cookies without losing the design!  Also check out Anne’s Monthly Cookie Magazine!  Thank you Anne, for a great article!


Anne Watson's ZANDA PANDA Kaleidoscope Heart Cookies

Making Layered Cookies

in Zanda Panda’s Kaleidoscope Heart Cookie Mold
Anne L. Watson

Molded cookies are beautiful, and they’re great celebration cookies. But most of them have one drawback–they have to be plain cookies, or the pattern of the mold is ruined.

This means you can’t–in traditional molded cookie recipes–use the kind of goodies and tidbits that so many people like in cookies: chocolate chips, nut pieces, oatmeal, raisins, dates.

But–I thought one day, as I was writing my cookie book–why not make the molded cookie in two layers, a plain layer to take the mold pattern and another layer with goodies?

I worked out one way to do this, and used it in the book. Make a dough, divide it, knead goodies into half, then stack the layers, and mold the dough. It worked–though it had its tricky moments. It’s not that hard to assemble two big sheets of dough, but it’s not that easy, either. Also, you only get one shot at making the molded cookies, because when you reassemble the scraps, of course the layer structure is lost.

Later, I got the idea to put the two dough layers directly into a mold that could be baked. I don’t like pottery bake-in molds–I’ve never gotten good results with them, and neither have my testers. But I do like the silicone Kaleidoscope Heart mold that Zanda Panda makes. I’m not sure why it doesn’t have the same problems pottery molds have–in the pottery molds, the dough tends to heave and bubble, and the design generally comes out unrecognizable. This has never happened to me with a silicone mold.

So I decided to modify my layered cookie technique. I made enough dough for two batches, one chocolate chip and one oatmeal-raisin. Here’s the result…  MORE

Full illustrated demo with recipes HERE
(http://zandapanda.com/AnneLWatson-LayeredCookies-GuestBlog.asp)


Anne’s Cookie Book!

Baking with Cookie Molds
Secrets and Recipes for Making Amazing Handcrafted Cookies

 

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