Cookie Molds

Molds are such a great way to make beautiful cookies. I got mine from house on the hill, they have a fabulous assortment.

This mold is #7820 Sentimental Heart

The intricate design will be transfered onto the cookie

A double rose motive

The mold comes with a recipe book, balancing the correct texture with taste it tricky with such an intricate mold, anything too buttery, like a shortbread get stuck in the mold. So trial and error is part and parcel with the mold.

Here I make a variant of  the gingerbread recipe in the book.

1/2 cup molasses

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup golden syrup

1/4 cup softened butter

3 cup flour

1 1/2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

Heat the oven to 350°

Reflection in the molasses

Pour the molasses into a measuring jug & add in the honey

Honey bubbles

Next add in the golden syrup, you could substitute this with honey.

I love the way it drips from the spoon

and I wasn't the only one

My little helper thought loved 'the sticky"

OK, back to the cookies…

Pour what will pour and scrape out the rest

Mix into the bowl that has the softened butter in it

Onto the dry ingredients, gather your spices and measure them into one little bowl

Salt

Pepper

Ginger

Nutmeg

Cinnamon

Add the spices to the wet ingredients

And the flour 1 cup at a time

Dough after 1 cup of flour

Dough after 3 cups

Knead to incorporate everything fully

Then roll out onto a silicon mat until the dough is about 3/8 inch thick

Bolt off any excess

Spray the mold with some Pam.You will need to repeat this after every two or three cookies

Press the mold onto the dough applying pressure evenly, then cut around the outside

Gently pry the mold away from the dough, loosen the edges with a sharp knife. Be gentle at this stage.

Sometimes they'll come out perfectly..

...Sometimes they won't

The good thing about dough is that it can be gathered up and re-rolled.  Transfer the cookies onto an awaiting cookie sheet lined with a silicon mat.

I like to make a little hole in one corner of the cookie so that I can thread a ribbon through with a tag on it a write a message to the recipient.

Skewer

Hole

Something else I have done with these cookies is to cut them in half, making the line zig zaggy and put a hole in each half. That way you can easily share your heart with a loved one.

Baked to perfection, after about 20 minutes

A little of the definition is lost in baking, but not too much

Ready to give to someone special

You can also use these mold with fondant, papercasting or clay, just don’t mix the usage, either craft or baking. f.

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