New Halloween Cookie Mold Design

 

Halloween Owl Stoneware Cookie Mold from ZANDA PANDA

Halloween Owl Stoneware Cookie Mold from ZANDA PANDA

 

I have a new cookie mold design for you.  This one’s for Halloween – or anytime for owl aficionados 🙂

It’s cute because it has a heart-shaped tummy, and adorable owl cookies tell your favorite Trick or Treaters how much you love them 🙂

For info on using the mold for cookies, and to see more Halloween designs, visit http://zandapanda.com/HalloweenStonewareCookieMolds.asp  There’s a tutorial and a video on how to use my stoneware cookie molds.  And a recipe that’s perfect for Halloween treats.

You can order your wise and lovable owl mold from my Etsy page:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/205955390/halloween-owl-cookie-mold-for-halloween?

 

Happy Halloween!

 

 

 

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Summer Sculpting – Bronze Horses and Bakeware

I’ve been busy this summer being a bronze sculptor…
and planning new cookie mold designs!

Just in case you wondered where I’ve been this summer… I occasionally sculpt things other than cookie molds 🙂

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.My bronze sculpture of  Three Horses (above) will be at Art Essex Gallery in Essex, CT until September 21st, and at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY from October 1-25th 2013.  Stop by and have a look if you’re in the area.

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Now for a ZANDA PANDA update:

I’ll have two upcoming posts soon about a baker from Brazil and a Big Sister/dog bakery owner in Wisconsin that are baking wonderful things with ZANDA PANDA bakeware.  And perhaps a guest post on a wonderful vegan cookie mold dough recipe.

Also, I’m hoping to have some new cookie mold designs in time for the fall and winter holiday seasons.

Keep an eye out for updates, and (if you haven’t already) – sign up for ZANDA PANDA’s Favorite People E-mail List to get exclusive discounts this holiday season!

Thanks for reading!

Sandy

 

Hippocampus Cookie Mold…Sorry Brainiacs, it’s a Horsey-Fish.

HIPPOCAMPUS COOKIE MOLD

Eeeeww!  Why would I want a cookie that looks like part of my brain’s limbic system?”  you squeal in disbelief.

“Well,  it does have an interesting shape…kinda like a curly, lumpy biscotti….”

The OTHER Hippocampus

The OTHER Hippocampus

Then, thanks to your very own  hippocampus, you remember your ancient mythology class.  With an effervescent tingle deep in your cranium,  a vision of a glistening half horse, half sea creature cavorting happily in the sundrenched sea spray dances gleefully into your brain.

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Just like this:

Hippocampus Cookie Mold - Handmade Stoneware Cookie Mold from ZANDA PANDA

Hippocampus Cookie Mold

Now go bake cookies of mythic proportions…which in this case would be about 4.5 inches.

Canter/swim over to my Etsy shop for more info on the Hippocampus Cookie Mold and other designs:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/109097477/hippocampus-cookie-mold

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Mastermind your very own Robot (cookie) Invasion

Robot Cookie Invasion made with ZANDA PANDA's stoneware Robot Cookie Mold!

Robot Cookie Invasion made with ZANDA PANDA's stoneware Robot Cookie Mold!

I’ve added my new Robot Cookie Mold to my Etsy shop.  The molds are handmade of food-safe stoneware.  They can be used for molding cookie dough, fondant, or slices of bread to make an army of mini robot sandwiches even the pickiest of eaters will not be able to resist.

The molds can also be used for making crafts like cast paper, salt dough sculpture and polymer clay to decorate and embellish (presumably with laser death rays).

I recommend using a cookie dough recipe that is designed specifically for molded cookies, so that they won’t flatten out when baking. You can find several at: http://zandapanda.com/recipes.asp

You can also find a video and a PDF with instructions on using your mold at:
http://zandapanda.com/HalloweenStonewareCookieMolds.asp
It’s demonstrated on my Halloween Cookie Molds, but the technique is the same.

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Great gift for the geeky!  Got a Sci-Fi Fanatic on your list?

Stoneware ROBOT Cookie Mold from ZANDA PANDA

Stoneware ROBOT Cookie Mold from ZANDA PANDA

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You favorite geek doesn’t have a sweet tooth, you say?   I find that quite unlikely – however, my Robot is also available as a ceramic tile!

Robot Tile Bas Relief Sculpture with Peacock Blue Glaze

Robot Tile Bas Relief Sculpture with Peacock Blue Glaze

More info on the Robot Tile at my Etsy shop:

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Thanks for visiting my blog, check back soon for some other interesting tiles…

Sandy

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Valentine Video hits 10,000 views! Help me Celebrate!

10,000 Views

For my Valentine’s Chocolate Cake-Topper Video!

Scroll down for a COUPON, so you can celebrate, too!
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I was hoping my Valentine’s Heart Cake Topper video would hit 10,000 views by Valentine’s Day… It was at exactly 9,999 views at midnight on Valentine’s Day.  The stats were mocking me. 

But at some time in the wee hours of February 15th, it popped up to 10,000.  Still worth celebrating, I think.
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So.  I thought.  How to celebrate this?  And in a way that you’d like, too?

OK, It’s the fifteenth.  How about 15% off of anything in my Etsy shop?
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15% Off ANYTHING in the ZANDA PANDA Etsy Shop!  Really Neat Handmade Stuff!

15% Off ANYTHING in the ZANDA PANDA Etsy Shop! Really Neat Handmade Stuff!

Just paste this code in at checkout for
15% off ANYTHING in my Etsy Shop!

15VID22012  

(Coupon can only be used at the ZANDA PANDA Etsy Shop).
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Just remember that this is all the handmade stuff, so if it’s not in stock, I’ll have to make it for you. 

If I can’t ship it to you within two days, I will let you know immediately.  Also let me know if it’s needed by a specific date (for a present, etc.) and I’ll do my best to rush your order.

If you have any questions on any of the items, please don’t hesitate to shoot me a line at Lira@zandapanda.com

And check back soon to see my goofy little Robot Cookie Molds and an exotic handmade tile or two 🙂

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Valentine’s Giveaway! Kaleidoscope Heart Cake Mold or Valentine Stoneware Cookie Molds!

IT’S VALENTINE GIVEAWAY TIME!

GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED –Thank You for Entering!

CONGRATULATIONS TO:
SensiblySara, our First Prize Winner
Leslie B. our Second Prize Winner

Winner was chosen by random.org

I want to thank everyone for entering and especially for all your wonderful comments!
Check back again in a bit for a springtime Puppy Mold Giveaway!  🙂


Valentine's Giveaway!
First Prize
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One ZANDA PANDA Kaleidoscope Heart Cake/Cookie/Chocolate/Craft Mold

Giveaway - First Prize!

Giveaway - First Prize!


Second Prize:

Set of Three Handmade Stoneware Valentine Hearts Cookie/Craft Molds

Giveaway! -Second Prize - Set of Three Handmade Stoneware Valentine Cookie/Craft Molds
Giveaway  – Second Prize!

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How to enter:

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REQUIRED ENTRY
Your choice. Either:

•  Like ZANDA PANDA on Facebook, OR
•  Join my ‘Favorite People List

Then come back and tell me that you did in a comment at the bottom of this blog post – (or if you already do Like ZANDA PANDA on Facebook, or are already a mailing list subscriber, just leave a comment to tell me). 
You must leave a comment to enter!

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ADDITIONAL ENTRIES
For additional entries you can
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   •  Like ZANDA PANDA on Facebook
   •  Join my ‘Favorite People List
   •  Blog about the contest – and leave a link to your post in your comment – (Promote your blog!)
   •  Follow me on Twitter
   •  Tweet this (one tweet/entry per day):
   •  #Valentine #Giveaway #Contest! Win 1 @zandapanda Heart Mold or 3 Heart Cookie Molds for #baking & #crafts!  http://bit.ly/V-DayGA2012
 
You must leave individual comments for each entry!

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This giveaway is open to USA residents only (with shipping address within the continental US) and will run until Wednesday, February 8th, 2012  at 11:59 pm EST.

Winner will be chosen by a random number generator and will be contacted using the email address provided on the comment contact info.

Disclosure:  These are my designs so I am totally biased, however I received no monetary compensation from myself  🙂 

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GOOD LUCK!

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For more info on the molds please visit the ZANDA PANDA website.
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Kaleidoscope Heart Cake/Cookie/Chocolate/Craft Mold:
http://zandapanda.com/ZP-KH-VRinfo.asp

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Valentine Hearts Handmade stoneware  Cookie Molds:
http://zandapanda.com/V-DayCookies.asp

VIDEOS:

Chocolate Cake Topper Video Using Stoneware Cookie Molds

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(Please scroll down to leave your Comment/Entry – Thanks!)

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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!!!

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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

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