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!

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PUPPY MOLD

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!



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Beagle Puppy Cookie – The cutest one yet!

How to make a Beagle Puppy Cookie

Cute Beagle Puppy Cookie made with ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold

Beagle Puppy Cookie


He’s
Edible…He’s Adorable…He’s Edidorable!!

I think this is the cutest one I’ve made with the Puppy Mold yet.  And it’s actually very easy to do, I’ll take you through step-by-step.

In addtion to the ingredients in the cookie dough recipe, you’ll need:

•  Cocoa powder
•  Red food coloring
•  ZANDA PANDA Puppy Mold

First you’ll need cookie dough, I recommend this recipe:

No-Spread Cookie Dough Recipe

  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 cups unsalted butter
  • 2 cups superfine/baking sugar (not powdered)
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. Almond extract
  • 1 tsp. fine grain (table) salt

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F /150 degrees C / Gas mark 2.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about five minutes.  Add eggs and vanilla, mixing well.  Mix dry ingredients together and add gradually to butter mixture.  Mix until flour is completely incorporated and the dough comes together.  Chill for 1 to 2 hours.  Bake puppy cookies for 8-12 minutes depending on thickness.

You can make a lot of different breeds using this technique.

Mixing colors:

•  Mix a tiny bit of red food coloring into a small amount of dough about the size of a small grape. You’ll want a nice pink color.

•  Add about a teaspoon of cocoa powder into a small bowl.  Roll a golf ball-sized ball of cookie dough in the cocoa and mix until it’s a light brown.

•  Break off a small grape-sized piece of the light brown dough and roll it in the cocoa again, mixing it until you have a very dark brown.

Your colors should look something like these:

Beagle Cookie Dough Colors

Beagle Cookie Dough Colors

I dusted the mold with flour out of habit, but you actually don’t need to do this when using cookie dough.

You’re adding color from front to back, this will make sense as we go along:

• First take the dark brown dough and fill in his eyes and nose.

• Next fill in the tongue with the pink dough

Filling in the beagle's eyes, nose and tongue

Fill in his eyes, nose and tongue

• Next, add untinted cookie dough to his muzzle, chin and between his eyes.

• Also add a ‘saddle’ of dark brown to his side.

I know this looks a little weird, but bear with me.

Next add plain dough to his muzzle and a dark 'saddle' on his side

Next add plain dough to his muzzle and a dark ‘saddle’ on his side

• Next add the medium brown to cover his head, I also blended the two browns to make his ears a little darker, but it’s not really necessary (speaking of ears, I know beagle pups have longer ears – but he’s only a cartoony cookie!).  You also could add the medium brown to his shoulders, which is a very common marking, but I didn’t want to make it more complicated.

• Add dark brown to make his tail and untinted dough to make the tip.

Add medium brown to his head and dark brown for his tail, with a tip made with untinted dough

Add medium brown to his head and dark brown for his tail.  Tip is untinted dough

• Add untinted dough to fill in the rest of the puppy.
Use untinted dough to fill in the rest of the puppy

Use untinted dough to fill in the rest of the puppy

Here are a two tips to make it even easier:

• When pressing one color dough on top of another, try to press straight down, so that you don’t dislodge the first color.

• Support the mold from behind with your other hand when pressing the dough in to prevent ‘bounceback’.

Tip: Support the mold from behind with your other hand when pressin the dough in to prevent 'bounceback'.

Tip: Support the mold from behind with your other hand when pressing the dough in to prevent ‘bounceback’.

Place your mold on a cookie sheet and pop him into a 300 degree F /150 degree C / Gas mark 2  oven until the edges brown and they begin to pull away slightly from the mold.

I think it takes much longer to explain how than to actually do it 🙂

So there you have it, step-by step to adorableness (followed by squeals of delight…then munching sounds).

If you’ve created the perfect pastry portrait of your precious pooch, be sure to send in a photo to share!

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How to make Cute Dalamatian Puppy Cookies – Recipe

Dalmatian Puppy Cookies

These seem to be everyone’s favorite yummy thing made from the Puppy mold.
The recipe is also on the back of the Puppy Mold’s box.

Dalmatian Puppy Cookie made with ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold!

Dalmatian Puppy Cookie made with ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold!

 

 

DALMATIAN PUPPY COOKIES

No-spread cookie dough:

  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 cups unsalted butter
  • 2 cups superfine sugar (not powdered)
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tsp. fine grain (table) salt
  • Red gel food coloring (optional)

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla and almond extracts. Mix well.

Mix dry ingredients together and add gradually to egg mixture. Mix until flour is completely incorporated. Chill for 1 to 2 hours.

Lightly dust Puppy Mold with flour. For one big, round cookie, roll cookie dough into a 9” circle, then press into the mold.

For individual Puppy Cookies, dust mold with flour and press dough into the puppy shape of the mold.

For best detail, bake right in the mold, but cookies can also be baked on a cookie sheet. Bake 7-12 minutes, depending on thickness, until edges are golden brown.

To make a Dalmatian Puppy Cookie: Paint melted chocolate directly into the mold for eyes, nose and spots. For a pink tongue, add a tiny bit of red gel food coloring (use a toothpick) to a small amount of dough, blend and press into the mold.  Then gently press cookie dough into just the puppy shape of the mold.   Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-12 minutes, depending on thickness.  Melted chocolate can also be painted on the cookie after baking, using a small artist’s brush.

Recipe adapted from: Capitts at BakeSpace


Next, I’d like to try making border collie puppy cookies using a little cocoa in half the cookie dough…

 


BTW, we’re taking reservations on the first shipment of Puppy molds.  Also, when you join the ZP mailing list, we’ll send you a coupon code for a discount on your Puppy mold!

 


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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!

 

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