♥♥♥ 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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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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Which Valentine are YOU? New Handmade Hearts – Stoneware Cookie Mold Designs

Which Valentine are YOU?

Here’s a sneak peek at my new Valentine Heart Cookie Molds. 

Valentine Heart Cookie Mold Designs - Which Valentine are YOU?

Valentine Heart Cookie Mold Designs - Which Valentine are YOU?

Which Valentine are YOU?
    ♥ If you believe in Love at First Sight, the first design is for you.
    ♥ Is your sweetie Yin to your Yang? If you know opposites attract, go for the second.
    ♥ A Born Romantic? Pick number three.
    ♥ Traditional, no frills and True Blue? The fourth is for you.

 

They’ll be available as handmade stoneware cookie/craft molds for Valentine’s Day!

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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

 

New Technique! Marbled Cameo for the Kaleidoscope Butterfly Cake Topper

I’m so proud of myself!

I’ve just thought up a ridiculously quick and simple way to make absolutely gorgeous cake toppers using two colors of chocolate.

Two-Tone 'Cameo' Kaleidoscope Butterfly Cake Topper

So all I did was take melted Ghirardelli molding chocolate, put it on the surface of a Kaleidoscope Butterfly Mold, pull a flexible silicone spatula across it, let it cool, then add white chocolate on top of it!  That’s IT!!!

Ghirardelli Dark Dipping Chocolate

Ghirardelli White Dipping Chocolate

I wasn’t even very careful about it, and where I ‘missed’, it created a very pretty marbled effect!

If it started to solidify,  I’d just pop it into the microwave for a few seconds.

I am going to have so much fun with this technique!

I can’t wait to try to using tinted white chocolate in pink and red for Valentine’s Day – A Kaleidoscope Heart, No-Bake Backwards Cake with all the elements in a contrasting color, not just the hearts!

You could probably get a very pretty ‘stained glass’ look rather easily by using several colors.

You can also use regular chocolate, but be sure to temper it, so that it will solidify properly without graininess:

Quick-Tempered Chocolate

Finely chop chocolate or use chocolate chips. Melt two thirds of the chocolate in the microwave for thiry second intervals, stirring in between with a silicone spatula (don’t use wood, it can introduce moisture and cause your chocolate to ‘seize’).  Keep the temperature below 120F.   When chocolate has melted, add the remaining one third in three batches, stirring until smooth after each addition.

Using a pastry brush, paint the melted chocolate into your mold.  Be sure to brush into the crevices, brushing out any trapped air bubbles.

Got a great ‘heart healthy’ cake or cookie Recipe?

I’m putting out a call for ‘heart healthy’ cake and cookie recipes. Partly because I’m donating part of the profits from the Kaleidoscope Heart cake/cookie/craft mold to the American Heart Association, so I think it’d be appropriate, but I also really like the idea of putting healthier alternatives on the blog and website.  Recipes suitable for Valentine’s Day would be especially appreciated.

I’m particularly looking for recipes that are:

♥   Heart-healthy
♥   Very easy to make (for even new bakers or kids)
♥   Have easy to find ingredients
♥   Have a fairly short ingredient list
♥   Cakes with a slightly dense texture preferred

So, if you have a favorite recipe, please send it and be sure to include your name as you’d like it to accompany your recipe and your blog or website if you’d like a link to it!

Please post them here or send them to Lira@zandapanda.com.

Thanks!


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Go Red for Women

I’m very pleased to announce that ZANDA PANDA Specialty Bakeware will be donating a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the Kaleidoscope Heart cake/cookie/crafts mold to the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement.

I’m on the lookout for ‘heart-healthy’ cake recipes for the website. If you have a favorite that’s easy, healthy and yummy (Whole grains, low, fat, etc.), send it over!

I asked the folks at ChowHound for recipes and am getting a nice response. Check out their recipes on the Chowhound ‘Home Cooking’ board.

Kaleidoscope Heart, milk chocolate

Kaleidoscope Heart milk chocolate

Kaleidoscope Heart

Kaleidoscope Heart Versatile!


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