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

 

Advertisements

20% off New Handmade Halloween Cookie Molds and a Very Special Guest Blogger soon!

Handmade Stoneware Halloween Cookie Molds from ZANDA PANDA

Handmade Stoneware Halloween Cookie Molds - 20% off for a limited time!

Two Big Announcements!

As much as I hate to see the summer slipping by, I love that Halloween is coming.  Here’s my contribution to the season’s fun:

I’m sure you’re on our Favorite People List, so Get 20% off our New Designs for Halloween when you RESERVE them by October 10th, 2011!

And check back very soon, because right in this very space, we’ll have a guest post from the person who literally ‘wrote the book’ on molded cookies, with a great step-by-step demo!!!

Stay tuned…

 

 

Reserve your ZANDA PANDA Handmade Stoneware Halloween Cookie Molds for Spooky Treats and Crafts!

ZANDA PANDA's stoneware Halloween Cookie Molds

Handmade Halloween Stoneware Cookie Molds

Make Halloween cookies and treats or get crafty and make cast paper cards and invitations or polymer clay decorations for your Halloween party.

My new stoneware Halloween Cookie Mold designs are made entirely by hand in my studio in Connecticut, so production is limited.  To insure delivery before Halloween, I’m now taking reservations.

When reserving, there is no obligation to purchase. We will contact you when your molds are ready to ship and will hold your reservation for two weeks after contacting you.

And get 20% off if you’re a ZP mailing list subscriber and reserve your molds before October 10, 2011!

•  Have a peek at the new Halloween designs and learn more about how they’re made HERE.

•  Reserve your Halloween Cookie Molds HERE.

•  Subscribe to ZANDA PANDA’s ‘Favorite People List’ HERE to receive exclusive discounts and news of new designs.

Halloween just might be my favorite holiday.  Hope you have a spooky one!

ZANDA PANDA's stoneware Halloween Cookie Molds

Handmade Stoneware Halloween Cookie Molds and Cookies

Blueberry Lattice Butterfly Pie

Blueberry Lattice Butterfly Pie

Blueberry Lattice Butterfly Pie made with ZANDA PANDA's Kaleidoscope Butterfly Mold

Blueberry Lattice Butterfly Pie made with ZANDA PANDA's Kaleidoscope Butterfly Mold

Check out the recipe and more images on the Zanda Panda website.  Remember, summer’s not officially over until September 23rd – and you wouldn’t want to wear white when eating blueberry pie anyway 🙂

Here’s where we picked the berries for the pie:

Rose's Berry Farm

Rose's Berry Farm

This is Rose’s Berry Farm, in Glastonbury, CT.  We also picked raspberries there for another delicious pie.

Blueberry Lattice Butterfly Pie

Blueberry Lattice Butterfly Pie

Jump over to zandapanda.com for the recipe and the how-to’s and also a photo of Rose’s beautiful pond.


The Kaleidoscope Butterfly Cake Topper/Cookie/Chocolate/Craft Mold

Here are some other ways to use a Butterfly Mold

Kaleidoscope Butterfly Mold
See larger image 

Tasty Dragons! New ZANDA PANDA Cookie Mold Design on Esty

I have a new stoneware cookie mold deisgn on ZANDA PANDA’s Etsy page.  Take a peek, or leave a comment below!

Cookie mold recipes at:  http://zandapanda.com/whatcan.asp#cookies

ZANDA PANDA's Dragon Shield Stoneware Cookie Mold

ZANDA PANDA's Dragon Shield Stoneware Cookie Mold

Dragon Cookie made with ZANDA PANDA's Dragon Sheild Cookie Mold

Dragon Cookie made with ZANDA PANDA's Dragon Shield Cookie Mold

%d bloggers like this: