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!


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..

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!


Photography by NIKO


Halloween SandWitches Anyone? Recipe: Pumpkin/Cream Cheese/Raisin Spread on Embossed Halloween Sandwiches

How to Make Embossed Halloween ‘SandWitches’ with
Pumpkin-Cream Cheese-Raisin Sandwich Spread/Dip Recipe

Halloween 'SandWitches' made with ZANDA PANDA's Handmade Stoneware Halloween Molds

Halloween 'SandWitches'

Here’s another cute way to use your Halloween Stoneware Cookie Molds for a treat or Halloween party.  It’s great for kids, as the only skill need is squishing!  You’ll be using pretty much the same technique used for embossed Butterfly Tea Sandwiches, but instead of Texas Toast, you’ll want to use big, soft squishy buns, so you won’t need to trim your sandwiches.  Pumpkin-Cream Cheese Spread/Dip recipe below.

Use the biggest, squishiest buns you can find

Use the biggest, squishiest buns you can find

You’ll only be pressing the bun tops into the molds.  Start by placing the inside surface of a top bun into a Halloween Cookie Mold.

Press the top half of the bun into the mold.  With the inside surface of the bun touching the mold

Press the top half of the bun into the mold (inside surface of the bun facing the mold).

Press the bun into the design, starting in the center and working your way around.  I find it easiest to hold the mold in both hands and press into the design with your thumbs (like you’re texting 🙂 ).  Be sure to press the bun into all the details, but be careful not to tear the bun.  If your bun is starting to overlap the rim, just fold it over and keep squishing until all areas have been pressed and the bun fits nicely into the mold.

Peel bun from mold, and spread Pumpkin Cream Cheese spread onto bottom half of bun.

Peel bun from mold, and spread Pumpkin Cream Cheese spread onto bottom half of bun.

Slowly peel the bun out of the mold -it’s very flat at this point, but will have picked up all the details of the mold’s design.  Spread Pumpkin spread (recipe below) onto other half of bun (or your favorite sandwich ingredients).  Top with your embossed top bun and get ready for the smiles!

Halloween SandWitch!

Halloween SandWitch!

For more info on my Handmade Stoneware Halloween Cookie Molds please visit:

RECIPE:  Pumpkin-Cream Cheese-Raisin Sandwich Spread


8 ounces cream cheese, softened (or use whipped for a softer spread)
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp clove
1/4 tsp paprika (this really adds depth to the flavor)
1/4 cup (or more) raisins.  For a softer texture and extra flavor, you can soak your raisins in spiced cider first to plump them up.


Beat cream cheese, brown sugar,maple syrup and vanilla until smooth.  Add pumpkin and spices and blend until smooth.   Add  raisins.  Chill for at least 1/2 hour.  Use for a sandwich spread, or for dipping cookies or fruit.

Halloween SandWitches Made with ZANDA PANDA's Handmade Stoneware Halloween Cookie Molds!!

Halloween SandWitches!

Happy Halloween!

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

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!


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!

Join our Favorite People List if you’d like to receive news of new designs and exclusive discounts.  We will never share your information and you can unsubscribe at any time.




GIVEAWAY! Win a ZANDA PANDA Kaleidoscope Heart Mold


Giveway has ended.  Thank you all for your wonderful comments!

Congratulations to the winner of the Kaleidoscope Heart Mold, Russ Podgorsek!

Winner was chosen by RANDOM.ORG, a Third-Party Draw Service and is entrant-accessible.  Details of the drawing can be found at: http://www.random.org/draws/details/?draw=5039 Entrant identifier is your e-mail address.

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I’d like to thank everyone who entered for your wonderful comments.   Thank you for taking the time to enter, your feedback is very valuable and very much appreciated at any time!

If you’re considering purchasing a Kaleidoscope Heart Mold for Valentine’s Day (or any other ZANDA PANDA item), please join our ‘Favorite People List‘  (because you already are!),  you’ll automatically receive a promo code for 15% off your first purchase -and a bonus promo code for the Puppy Mold -(Expiration 2/28).

It’s a great way to keep in touch and not miss any news.  We send our members occasional announcements of new designs and contests and we will never your share your personal information.  All we need is an e-mail address (all other info is optional), and it’s free!

Thank you again so much for your participation!

To enter,  just tell us which of our NEW DESIGNS are your favorites
(plus more ways to win – see below)

ZANDA PANDA Kaleidoscope Heart Mold Giveaway

Win a Kaleidoscope Heart Mold for Baking/Crafts in our Valentine's Giveaway!

Our Kaleidoscope Heart Mold Valentines Giveaway is a Prizey.net Editor's Pick!

Our Kaleidoscope Heart Mold Valentines Giveaway is a Prizey.net Editor’s Pick!

Valentine’s Day Giveaway Prize:

One ZANDA PANDA Kaleidoscope Heart Mold

You can use the Kaleidoscope Heart Mold to bake cakes, cookies, pies and breads. You can mold chocolate, fudge, gelatin, fondant, marzipan, edible clay and No-Bake Backwards Cakes™. You can create arts & crafts like handmade soap, cast paper and polymer clay jewelry. Great to give as as a gift for the baker or crafter, or to make gifts for your friends and family. Elegant design, but also very kid-friendly!

All ZANDA PANDA bakeware is made of FDA approved, 100% food-grade, platinum cured silicone, with a temperature range of -40 to 446 °F (-40 to 230°C) and is oven, microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe.


ZANDA PANDA's Kaleidoscope Heart Mold

ZANDA PANDA's Kaleidoscope Heart Mold

How to enter:

Required EntryCheck out our NEW DESIGNS at the ZANDA PANDA website, then come back and tell us which are your favorites as a comment/response at the bottom of this blog post. You must leave a comment to enter!

Check out our new designs below at http://zandapanda.com/newdesigns.asp:

New Designs What's your favorite?

New Designs What's your favorite?

New Designs! Which one’s your favorite?

Carousel Animals:  Horse/Camel/Zebra/Hippocampus/Lion

Halloween Designs:  Bat/Witch/Cat




You can choose one of the groups or any of the individual designs.  Just tell us which are your favorites.  These prototypes are destined to be stoneware cookie molds and decorative soap.





Want Extra Entries?

Addtional Entries: Each of these count as an additional entry –
but you must leave an individual comment for each entry to count

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•   Tweet this:

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(You can tweet this daily to count as one additional entry per day)

•  If you already do any of the above, please leave an additional comment/entry!

This giveaway is open to USA residents only (with shipping address within the continental US) and will run until Monday, 2/7/11 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  🙂

Please leave a comment on our new designs below, your opinions are important to us !

Thanks for participating in our giveaway!    Good luck!

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Doggie Birthday Cake Recipe, Chaka and Some Very Opinionated Advice on Training a Puppy

Doggie Birthday Cake

It’s not the most attractive cake made from the Puppy Mold.
But your DOG will think it’s fantastic!

The main ingredients are liver and eggs, you can also add grated cheese.

Doggie Birthday Cake (Liver & Egg), made with ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold

Doggie Birthday Cake - This must be a Liver-Nose Rhodesian Ridgeback Cake 🙂

This cake is similar to my dog Chaka’s favorite treat.  I remember once when I was making a batch, I turned around to see him waiting patiently and expectantly behind me – next to a puddle of drool.  And I’d never seen him drool before.

Chaka’s favorite drool-inducing treat was actually crunchier than the cake recipe below.  I would cook the liver first, add eggs, cheese, wheat germ and a little flour, then spread it thinly on a cookie sheet and bake.


This is a pic of Chaka, he was absolutely amazing and is absolutely irreplaceable.

Doggie Birthday Cake

You’ll need:

◊   About 1 lb of chicken liver
◊   Three eggs
◊   ½ Cup of oatmeal (plain and uncooked, not flavored or sweetened)
◊   About 1½ cups of flour (I used equal parts rice and wheat flour)
◊   Cheese (optional)

The texture of this doggie birthday cake really isn’t like cake at all.  It’s very dense and is more like a very soft dog biscuit.

Prepare Puppy mold by brushing the interior with melted vegetable shortening, then dusting with flour.  Place Puppy Mold on cookie sheet to bake and to use to transport to and from oven.

Rinse chicken livers and cut into halves or quarters.  Whisk the eggs and add to the liver.  Add oatmeal.  Add flour(s) about a half cup at a time until it forms a thick batter.

Pour into one spot on the mold, to minimize air bubbles.  Bake at 350 °F / 180 °C / Gas mark 4  for about an hour.  Cake is done when it pulls away from the sides of the mold and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Allow cake to cool, remove from mold and cut or break into bite-sized pieces.


You can also add cheese, grated or cut into small cubes.

A small amount of garlic could also be added.  Too much garlic is not healthy for dogs, but a tiny bit is considered OK.

A note on flour:

I used rice and wheat flours.  I made rice flour by just putting rice in a food processor and grinding to a powder.

Since the most common food allergies in dogs are a sensitivity to corn or wheat you could probably use all rice flour if you don’t know if your doggie party guests have allergies or not.

That’s it for the recipe, if you want to hang around for my blathering of my opinionated views on raising a puppy, grab a cup of tea/ coffee/cocoa and make yourself comfortable:

My Very Opinionated Views on Raising a Puppy

I cringe when I see people do the dominance thing with their puppy to show them who the leader of the pack is by rolling them onto their backs, grabbing their scruff and glaring at them.  I also hate to hear people barking loud commands at their dogs as if they’re deaf.

I have had incredibly smart dogs and cats since I was little.  I firmly believe that this was partly due to just talking to them –in a normal voice.  By naming things and using lots of short phrases they could remember, it allowed them to have a huge ‘vocabulary’.   Remember, you’re basically teaching them a foreign language (in a manner of speaking).   Also, when you talk in a normal, soft tone to your puppy, they not only have to pay close attention to what you’re saying, but a loud, sharp command from you will get instant attention.  These should be saved for dangerous situations.

The even bigger plus to this is that you become the wise, respected one and your dog will look to you to know how to react to any new situation -or will want you to ‘name’ things for him.  Chaka would look at me, then pointedly look at the object he was curious about and then look back to me for a response.  He’d also do this if something was abandoned on the coffee table and he wanted to eat it.  He’d actually come upstairs to get me to show me something that my daughter had left and then politely sit next to it, look at me, then it, then back, asking if he could have it.

All ridgebacks are NOT countersurfers – to teach this, I left a piece of bread enticingly on the coffee table when he was a puppy, watched carefully and made a big deal out of him not touching it, then gave him a much yummier treat for being such a good boy.

The bread lesson was pretty easy because he already knew not to chew things that weren’t his toys.  All this took was consistency for just a short while.  When he first came home as a curious puppy, and would go to chew something, I would just say quietly,” No touch, not yours” and then say in a more silly, playful voice “This is yours!” and hand him one of his toys while telling him what a good boy he was for chewing it – you’ll have to have a toy readily available in all the rooms your puppy will be in, or go find one with him.  It was only a week, two at the most when he’d come into a room and immediately pounce on one of his toys.  He never destroyed anything as a puppy – and ridgeback puppies can do a lot of damage, some have ‘eaten’ couches!

My two most important other pieces of advice:

  1. Make sure that adorable thing your puppy is doing now will still be acceptable to you when your dog is an adult.  Don’t allow it now unless you’ll be OK with it later.
  2. Once means always.  You can’t let them do something “just this once”.  Consistency is very important.

I have lots more opinionated, smarty-pants advice, like how to make your puppy ‘bulletproof’, so it can handle new situations without being stressed or panicked;  getting them hooked on praise so they will always want to please you, etc., but I think this post is long enough already 🙂

Here are two of my favorite pictures of Chaka and me:

Chaka and me on the Port Jeff Ferry

Chaka and me on the Port Jeff Ferry.  I think the loud ferry horn went off and startled us…or someone just told us a really good joke.

One of my favorite pics of Chaka and me

This is another favorite pic of me and Chaka.  The expression on his face tells me someone was walking our way with a dog or puppy.  He loved to meet other dogs and was always sweet and friendly.

What’s your favorite dog treat recipe?

Cinco de Mayo Recipe: Mexican Butterfly Pizza


Mexican Butterfly Pizza with a Sculptured Cheese Top*

Mexican Pizza with Sculptured Butterfly Cheese Top

Mexican Pizza with Sculptured Butterfly Cheese Top

Here’s an idea for an easy dish to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  This is a fast, fun recipe that’s great to make with kids.

Mexican Pizza IngredientsMexican Pizza Ingredients

One Mexican pizza will make an entree for two, a side for eight, or appetizers for twelve to fifteen.

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 lb  shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 lb  ground beef
  • 16 oz jar of salsa
  • Packet of taco seasoning mix (optional)
  • 4 tortillas
  • ZANDA PANDA’s Kaleidoscope Butterfly Mold

The seasoning packet is optional.  I only used about a tablespoon of it, sprinkled on the beef when cooking.  Next time, I think that  I’ll just mix the beef and salsa together .

Constructing the pizza

Tortillas, Ground Beef, Salsa and Cheese

1.  I used whole wheat tortillas, you can also use corn or white flour tortillas.  Place four overlapping tortillas on the serving plate.

2.  Place the seasoned, cooked beef on the four overlapping tortillas.

3.  Add salsa on top of the ground meat.  You can also add a layer of cream cheese, guacamole, or salsa verde.

4.  Press the shredded cheese into the Kaleidoscope Butterfly mold.  This is great for kids to help with, as this job has ‘squish appeal’.  Place the cheese-filled mold into a 350°F  (177 °C) oven for a few minutes, watching carefully, as it melts fairly quickly.  Remove from oven  and allow to cool a bit and solidify. Caution: mold and cheese will be very hot .

Top off with the Butterfly cheese top.  It will still hold it’s shape if you re-warm it.
Tip: Dab with a paper towel to remove excess oil from the melted cheese before placing it on the pizza.

Slice of Mexican Butterfly Pizza
Slice of Mexican Butterfly Pizza

So there you have it.  Cute, fast and fun.

*What do butterflies have to do with Cinco de Mayo, you ask?  Why we’re also celebrating the return of the monarch butterflies from Mexico!  Yes, I know that this stylized swallowtail isn’t quite a mariposa monarca (it’s Mexican name), but this is a pretty ‘cheesy’ way to celebrate after all…




Molly’s Fabulous Fudge – And Another Puppy

My friend Molly McG gave me her fantastic fudge recipe for the Puppy Mold packaging.  Here it is and here’s a puppy made of it!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Fudge Puppy


Molly’s Fabulous Fudge
My friend Molly’s fantastic fudge recipe!

◊   3 cups sugar
◊   3/4 cup butter
◊   2/3 cup evaporated milk
◊   2/3 cup cocoa
◊   4 tablespoons peanut butter
◊   1 (7oz) jar marshmallow cream
◊   1 teaspoon vanilla

In a medium saucepan with a heavy bottom, combine sugar, butter, cocoa, and milk.  Bring to a rolling boil, stirring constantly.

Continue to boil, stirring for 5 minutes over medium heat.

Remove from heat.

Add peanut butter, stir until peanut butter melts.

Add marshmallow cream and vanilla.  Stir until blended.

Pour into your Puppy Mold.  Chill in fridge.

When completely cooled and firm, place plate over mold, flip plate and mold over together and gently demold.

Store in refrigerator.


I should add that, because it’s thick, try to pour into one spot on the mold and let it ooze into the design, so that you’ll trap as few air bubbles as possible.

The fudge picks up details perfectly and drops right out of the mold.

The Puppy looks adorable as is, or you could dress him up with a fondant bow, a candy-studded collar or make some toys for him.

I’ll have images of the packaging design very soon!


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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