Cookie molds can allow you to make beautiful classic cookies or playful and fun cookie pops. A cookie mold can allow even an inexperienced cookie decorator to make attractive cookies easily. Using a cookie mold is not difficult; however, you do need to choose the right cookie dough recipe, use your mold properly, and decorate your cookies once they have cooled.
Cookie Dough Recipes
Wilton cookie molds require a relatively firm dough. You may have success with your favorite sugar cookie recipe, particularly if it is designed to be rolled and cut. Some shortbread recipes or butter cookie doughs may also work in your mold. A cream cheese butter cookie can make an especially tasty molded cookie. Cream together 3 ounces of softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup softened butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar and one teaspoon of vanilla. Add 1 2/3 cups flour and knead. Chill till firm. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until the cookies are light brown on the edges. Baking time will vary depending upon your cookie molds.
Molding the Cookies
Chill your cookie dough before molding cookies with your Wilton cookie mold. Use a pastry brush and oil to lightly grease the cookie mold or opt for cooking spray. Flour the molds, tapping away the excess. If you are making a molded chocolate cookie, use cocoa instead of flour. You will need to grease and flour the cookie mold whether you are using a molded pan that will go into the oven or molding cookies to turn out onto a cookie sheet. If you are tapping your cookies out of a mold, flour the mold between each cookie; however, you will not need to oil the mold repeatedly.
Baking and Decorating Molded Cookies
Baking time for Wilton cookie molds may vary. Small and thin cookies may take less than 10 minutes, while very large cookie molds may require closer to 20 minutes baking time. Allow the cookie to cool briefly in the Wilton cookie mold or on the cookie sheet, then place on a wire rack to cool completely. Ice your cookies with royal icing or buttercream, then decorate with piped icing, candy melts, sprinkles, candy or even edible cookie decorating markers. Allow the icing to set up completely before packaging your molded cookies.
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