Kaleidoscope Butterflies – Summer Solstice SALE!


Kaleidoscope Butterfly Mold Summer Solstice Sale!

Look at the beautiful things that you can make with this mold!
Kaleidoscope Butterfly Molds on sale until July 4th, 2016.

What says summer better than butterflies?

You can order from my website: http://zandapanda.com/products.asp

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Let Sleeping Dragons Lie – The Dragon Hunt!

Dragon Hunt Stoneware Serving Tray

Dragon Hunt Serving  Tray from ZANDA PANDA

Dragon Hunt Serving Tray from ZANDA PANDA

Something new!  The Dragon Hunt serving tray tells a story – but you make the myth!  Horsemen and hounds are running in circles searching for the dragon, while it peacefully naps in the cool depths of a tranquil lake.  Perhaps they should let sleeping Dragons lie?

Care to share a story?  What happens next?  Fun conversation piece at your next party.  Or a great gift for the Game of Thrones,  Hobbit, or Dragon fan in your life!

Hand built stoneware serving tray with layered food-safe celadon glaze.  Oven, microwave and dishwasher safe, or hand wash.  Can be used as a cheese plate, dessert tray, for hors d’oeuvres, or just to display as a work of art!

See more at my Etsy shop:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/224369220/let-sleeping-dragons-lie-dragon-hunt?ref=listing-shop-header-0


Elsa’s Braid & Frozen Snowflake Cookies – New ZP Cookie Molds!

New Christmas Cookie Molds from ZANDA PANDA

New Christmas Cookie Molds from ZANDA PANDA

New designs for the winter holidays!

From top left:  Snowman,  Present,  Frozen Snowflake,  Elsa Cookie (Frozen Snowflake surrounded by braid border),  Cute Reindeer.

Bored with your same old Christmas cookie cutters?  Need something tasty for a Frozen party?  Looking for a stocking stuffer for your favorite baker?  Gotcha covered 🙂

Four of the designs above double as ornaments when hung by their red satin cords.  The cords can easily be removed when making cookies or creating holiday crafts.

These handcrafted cookie molds can be used for molding cookie dough, fondant, pound cake and slices of bread for tea sandwiches.  The molds can also be used for making crafts like cast paper for scrapbooking, salt dough and polymer clay for sculpture or to create holiday ornaments.

Each mold is individually handmade in my studio in Connecticut from my original sculpture. The clay molds are then high fired twice to create food-safe, dishwasher safe, stoneware molds that will last for generations.  Directions and a recipe for molded cookies are included.

  • See these Christmas / Winter-themed cookie molds and other designs by visiting my Etsy Shop!
  • Watch a video on using my stoneware cookie molds.
  • Find a holiday cookie recipe designed especially for molded cookies (they won’t flatten out when baking).

Have a wonderful holiday!


Bakes with Dragons – Handmade Pie Plate/Casserole/Serving Dish


I’m currently mired in the middle of making sculpture for some upcoming shows and commissions, but I wanted to pop in a pic of a piece I made several months ago.

This is a handbuilt, food-safe stoneware pie plate/casserole/serving dish with a pair of dragons on each handle.  Oven, dishwasher and microwave safe.  Perfect for a Game of  Thrones season finale party, a Smaug-y pot luck or just to make any occasion special.

You can find it on my Etsy shop.  It’s available in several colors, or ask me about a custom order!

Dragon Pie Plate/Casserole/Serveware by Zanda Panda

Dragon Pie Plate/Casserole/Serveware by Zanda Panda



Check out my Etsy shop for more handmade bakeware, serveware and cookie molds!


It’s a Small World After All – On Brazilian Bakers and Star Trek Universal Translators

It’s a Small World After All

On Brazilian Bakers and
Star Trek Universal Translators

I recently received an e-mail from Brazil which was written in Portuguese.  Although I couldn’t read it, I was able to figure out that it was about my Kaleidoscope Heart and Butterfly Molds.  Since I don’t speak Portuguese, I went straight to Google Translate.   After several pleasant e-mails back and forth, I’d met Brazilian Baker Marilucy Ruppel and happily sent her molds off to her.

Here are some of the lovely cakes she’s made with her ZANDA PANDA Molds

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You can see more of her beautiful creations on her website  and her Facebook page and contact her at: marilucyruppel@hotmail.com

I’m still a little amazed at how easy it was to connect with her, to talk about the molds and send them out to her.  But it will be even easier next time, since amazing new devices and apps like World Lens and the Sigmo Voice Translator are well on their way to making Star Trek‘s Universal Translator a reality.  I LOVE today’s technology!


And for those of you reading who do speak Portuguese, here is Google’s translated version. I’m sure it’s not a perfect translation, but for me, it made bridging the language barrier… a  piece of cake 😉



É um pequeno mundo depois de tudo

Em Bakers Brasileiros e Star Trek Universal Tradutores 

Eu recebi recentemente um e-mail do Brasil , que foi escrito em Português . Embora eu não pudesse lê-lo , eu era capaz de descobrir o que era o meu coração Caleidoscópio e Moldes Borboleta . Desde que eu não falo Português, fui direto para o Google Translate . Depois de várias agradáveis ​​e-mails e para trás, que eu conheci no Brasil Baker Marilucy Ruppel e felizmente enviou seus moldes fora dela.

Aqui estão alguns dos bolos linda que ela fez com os moldes  ZANDA PANDA 

 Você pode ver mais de suas belas criações em seu site e sua página no Facebook e contatá-la em : marilucyruppel@hotmail.com

Eu ainda estou um pouco surpreso com o quão fácil era para se conectar com ela, para falar sobre os moldes e enviá-los para ela. Mas será ainda mais fácil da próxima vez, desde novos dispositivos e aplicativos incríveis , como Lens Mundial eo Sigmo Voice Translator estão bem no seu caminho para tornar tradutor de Star Trek Universal uma realidade. O amor de hoje a tecnologia!



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 🙂


.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.


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!



Chipotle-Almond Butterflies, Baby goats and Apple Blossoms – It Finally Feels Like Spring!

Baby Goats, Chipotle-Almond Butterflies and Apple Blossoms…Spring!

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Chipotle-Honey Goat Cheese and Almond Butterflies Made with ZANDA PANDA’s Kaleidoscope Butterfly Mold. Teacup and saucer courtesy RiRi’s Pottery Haus

It’s finally feeling like spring and that called for a trip to Beltane Farm to see the baby goats and get some goat cheese and milk.   They’re hosting cheese tastings every Sunday through the month of May.

Cheese Tasting at Beltane Farm

Cheese Tasting at Beltane Farm

It was wonderful tasting the different varieties of goat cheese.  It was hard to decide which were our favorites.  Here, we’re tasting chèvre with chives, dill, Herbes de Provence or chipotle-honey.


My favorite Baby Goat

My favorite Baby Goat

Seeing the baby goats and other animals was even more fun than the cheese tasting.  I think this little guy was definitely the cutest of the bunch.  The new kids will be kept for the herd, or sold either as milk producers, or as all natural lawn mowers.


Armando the Adorable

Armando the Adorable

I think his name should be Armando…He’ll be going to a neighboring farm and it’ll be his job to mow the lawn.  I think Nick’s favorite animal may have been Nestor, the guard donkey.


Chipotle-Honey Goat cheese and Almond Butterflies

Chipotle-Honey Goat Cheese and Almond Butterflies made with ZANDA PANDA’s Kaleidoscope Butterfly Mold

Chipotle-Honey Goat Cheese and Almond Butterflies made with ZANDA PANDA’s Kaleidoscope Butterfly Mold. Teacup and saucer courtesy RiRi’s Pottery Haus

This couldn’t be simpler.  Mix the Chipotle-Honey Goat Cheese with ground nuts and make butterflies.  Chill and pop on a cracker.

I love the earthy, ‘all natural’ look the little specks of ground nuts gave the butterflies.  I made them with both walnuts and almonds.  I preferred almonds, the color was richer and I think the flavor complimented the smokey, spicy cheese better as well.  Figs or grapes would be lovely served alongside the butterflies.


Grind your favorite nuts in a food processor.

Grind your favorite nuts in a food processor, then mix with your favorite goat cheese.

Molding Cheesy, Nutty Butterflies in ZANDA PANDA's Kaleidoscope Butterfly Mold

Making Cheesy, Nutty Butterflies.  Put them in the freezer for a bit so they’ll pop out of the mold.

Press the mixture into the the butterfly shapes of a Kaleidoscope Butterfly Mold.  After you’ve molded your butterflies, put them in the freezer for a bit so they’ll pop out of the mold.  I put these on round Breton Mini crackers; they’re small, so you see mostly butterfly.  Pepperridge Farms make a butterfly shaped cracker that looks very cute with these, too.

Chipotle-Honey Goat Cheese and Almond Butterflies made with ZANDA PANDA’s Kaleidoscope Butterfly Mold

Chipotle-Honey Goat Cheese and Almond Butterflies made with ZANDA PANDA’s Kaleidoscope Butterfly Mold. Teacup and saucer courtesy RiRi’s Pottery Haus

More ideas for spring:  A Butterfly Tea Party, using the ZP Kaleidoscope Butterfly Mold.


Oh yes, and apple blossoms!


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Enjoy your spring!


Coming Attractions! Heart Healthy Chocolate Blast Brownie Recipe – No refined sugar or flour!

Coming Soon!
Heart Healthy Chocolate Blast Brownie Recipe

No refined sugar or flour!

Heart Healthy Chocolate Blast Brownies - no refined sugar or flour! Made with ZANDA PANDA's Kaleidoscope Heart Mold

Heart Healthy Chocolate Blast Brownies – no refined sugar or flour!

If you know me, you’ll know that I’m a sculptor – who also loves baking dessert.  I have some deadlines looming for sculptural work, so I haven’t had a chance to post lately.  But here’s a coming attraction.

I’ve been experimenting with heart healthy recipes, gluten free baking and recipes that don’t use refined sugar or flour, but still taste amazing.  I have one that I’ll share soon, it’s pictured above and it’s amazing 🙂



♥♥♥ Happy Valentine’s Day! ♥♥♥

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine Cake Topper from ZANDA PANDA's Kaleidoscope Heart Mold

Valentine Cake Topper made with ZANDA PANDA’s Kaleidoscope Heart Mold

Learn how to make this Kaleidoscope Heart Cake Topper!
(There’s a video, too!)

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Goodbye Year of the Dragon (Part 2) Chantilly Dragons! These Dragons may look tough, but they’re Creampuffs.


Goodbye Year of the Dragon – Hello GOT (Part 2)

These Dragons may look tough, but they’re Cream Puffs.

Chantilly Dragon

Chantilly Dragon

I usually post about ways to use ZANDA PANDA molds, but I just had to share this (sorry it’s a bit late for the Chinese New Year – I blame Blizzard Nemo 😉 ).

I was smitten by an image of Chantilly Swans on Baking 101‘s Facebook page.  It was posted by Wendy Gail from her Cinnamon Sweet Shoppe blog.

— And of course I immediately thought of dragons.

Her recipe, originally from Princess Cruise Lines, works very well, although next time I might add a bit of sugar to the choux pastry to sweeten the dragons up a bit.  She has excellent instructions, so rather than repeat her recipe here, you can get it directly from Wendy’s blog and pop back if you want to make dragons.


How to Pipe your Dragon 

If you don’t already have them, I recommend picking up some tips (small round and medium star) and pastry bags , but you could use a zip lock bag with a corner snipped if you had to.  I piped and baked them on parchment/baking paper.

Piping Dragons

Piping Dragons

I used a small round tip to make the ‘S’ shape as in Wendy’s instructions, but continued and added a looping tail.  I switched to a smaller round tip and added nostrils, a brow ridge and eyes, ears and then scales down the spine and tail.  I’m not the best at piping designs, but the batter is very forgiving and you can blend/smooth the shapes easily.

Dragon Bodies

Dragon Bodies

Just remember, when piping, you’re not ‘drawing’ it onto the paper, you’re holding the tip just above the paper, guiding the line and letting it drop onto the paper in a flowing motion.  Just practice a little and you’ll get it.

To make the wings, I made the outline first, added ‘ribs’, then filled in between them in a zig-zag fashion.  I then went over the ribs again and added claws at the tips. Don’t forget to extend the front of the wing a little, to press into the whipped cream.

Dragon Wings - Don't forget to extend the front to anchor it into the whipped cream.

Dragon Wings

For the bodies, instead of a mound (for making swans), I started by coiling the batter for a base.  Then I built up the sides to make a basket shape, with each layer just a bit wider than the one beneath it.

Bake the heads and tails for about 5 minutes at 400°F.   Reduce heat to 350°F  and bake the bodies for an additional 5 minutes.

While the dragons are cooling, make the whipped cream.  Using a star tip, pipe the whipped cream into the bodies.  You can coil it or pipe it into little puffs (my favorite).  You can also add fillings under or on top of the whipped cream, like berries, Nutella, chocolate, etc.

Dragon Construction -Body

Dragon Construction -Body

Gently place the head and tail pieces into the whipped cream (if you’ve misjudged the length of the body, just break them into two separate pieces).  You can add more whipped cream after placing them if needed.

Dragon construction - Head, Tail & Wings

Dragon construction – Head, Tail & Wings

You should serve these soon after assembling them, especially if you made them large, as the whipped cream softens the pieces.  They could begin to get droopy and sag a bit, making them look a little less majestic :).  Or you could make them with their wings spread and not worry about it.

You could also make them like this.  Quite majestic - and less concern for drooping.

Or make them like this (But add more whipped cream to the top after assembling).

If you smush the whipped cream like this when assembling it, just add more rosettes on top of it.

Smushed Cream - If your whipped cream smooshs a bit when constructing your dragon, just add more rosettes to it.  The poufy-ier the better! :)

Smushed Cream

And for all of you GOT fans – as mentioned in the last post on Heather’s Khaleesi’s Dragon Cookies, these would be great for a Game of  Thrones season premiere party next month!

If you make these, please feel free to share your pics on the ZANDA PANDA Facebook page!



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