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Wilton cookie pans make the fastest, easiest holiday sugar cookies ever

Updated on October 2, 2014
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A long-time whole grain baker, Kathryn discovered the thrill and ease of cooking with whole, fresh foods decades ago. Still chopping!

Our four-year-old granddaughter pressing dough snowflakes into the cookie molds
Our four-year-old granddaughter pressing dough snowflakes into the cookie molds | Source

Make sugar cookies in a fraction of the time!

You'll get beautiful, perfect cookies in a fraction of the time it takes to roll and cut out your dough when you use Wilton Cookie Pans. No rolling, no muss, no fuss.

What surprised me most when I used mine for the first time was that the cookies were so much tastier. More on that coming up.

But first, It's so easy to bake goodies this way that even tiny tykes have great fun helping. Hey, this is one time it's okay to play with the food.

On this page, I show you just how easy--and time-saving--it is to make shaped sugar cookies with a cookie mold baking tray.

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Family fun time - Frosting the snowflakes

I tried but could not get a shot where someone's hand wasn't moving, and no one was going to stop for a photo shoot!
I tried but could not get a shot where someone's hand wasn't moving, and no one was going to stop for a photo shoot! | Source

Making holiday treats is a breeze with non-stick molds - Bells, stockings, stars and Santas galore!

The first time I baked this way, I literally moaned when I took that first warm bite. So did my family when they came home. One after another, the exact same response: A moan, then "These are the best cookies ever! I mean it, EVVVVERRR!"

Wilton Christmas Cookie Shapes Pan
Wilton Christmas Cookie Shapes Pan

What I love about baking cookies in the Wilton pans, apart from how easy they make getting a big batch of sugar cookies, is that the sugars in the cookies caramelize wonderfully. I suspect that's because the dough is surrounded on three sides by the hot pan.

 
Greasing the Wilton Halloween Cookie Pan with butter wrapper
Greasing the Wilton Halloween Cookie Pan with butter wrapper | Source

Start by greasing the cavities

These how-to photos feature my Halloween molds, but we have molds for nearly every season and holiday. The manufacturer recommends lightly misting with vegetable oil.

That works beautifully too! But I sometimes rub them with the butter wrappers. Works just as well, and I don't waste any of the expensive organic butter we use!

Wilton Halloween Cookie Pan ready for filling
Wilton Halloween Cookie Pan ready for filling | Source

Prepped for dough - Halloween, here we come!

Here you see the 12 unique shapes, everything from a tombstone and flaming cauldron to a haunted house, spider web and Frankenstein monster. Don't forget the candy corn!

Some of the Amazon reviewers mentioned sticking. I haven't had that problem. I followed the directions precisely the first time I used them, misting lightly with vegetable oil. No sticking! Nor did I need to spray between batches.

When I use the butter wrappers, as shown above, I re-wipe the cavities between each batch. Rarely, one or two morsels stick. Just use a toothpick to gently edge them onto the cooling rack.

 Whole Wheat Sugar Cookie Dough ready to go
Whole Wheat Sugar Cookie Dough ready to go | Source

Prepare your dough

Mix the dough according to the recipe that comes with the tray, or for a superior treat, use my Fantastically Good and Ghoulish Whole Wheat Halloween Sugar Cookie recipe.

No one will believe they're whole wheat! They're that good.

Press the dough into each cavity
Press the dough into each cavity | Source

Press the dough into each cavity

This is where it gets really fun for the kids. Press about a teaspoon to a teaspoon and a half of dough into each mold.

For thinner, crisper biscuits, fill no more than half full. For a thicker, softer cookie, fill about two-thirds.

Bake for 9-10 minutes at 350 degrees Farenheit

Baked cookies resting in pan before turning out
Baked cookies resting in pan before turning out | Source

Cool a few minutes before turning out. Let the cookies rest on a baking rack for five minutes before turning out. Don't you love that bat?

Turn onto baking rack

Invert a large baking rack over Wilton cookie pan
Invert a large baking rack over Wilton cookie pan | Source

After cooling for five minutes, invert a large baking rack over the tray. Grasp the rack and pan firmly in both hands. Invert again and whack firmly against a chopping block or other surface that will not crack or break. The cookies will pop right out, onto the rack, ready to decorate.

Occasionally with my butter wrap greasing method, one or two cookies stick. If that happens to you, gently coax along the edge with a toothpick or plastic fork. It never takes more than a gentle nudge.

Let cool completely, if you can wait that long - Delicious as is, or decorate to your heart's content

Baked cookies cooling on rack
Baked cookies cooling on rack | Source

Baked sweetness, cooling on rack. What happens at our house all too often: We stand around the table, picking off our favorite shapes as fast as I can get them out the oven, followed by ecstatic moans and muffled cries of "Oh my stars, these are the best ever!"

It takes a lot of will power to resist.

Halloween treats

Frosted and plain sugar cookies from the Wilton Cookie Pan
Frosted and plain sugar cookies from the Wilton Cookie Pan | Source

Frosted and plain whole wheat Halloween sugar cookies. Yup. Those are all that are left. We ate the rest!

Useful tools that make baking sugar cookies easier than any pie

There was a time, I did not enjoy baking. Had I known the difference a few tools could make, I would have discovered my inner foodie decades sooner. These are some of the tools that make baking day a breeze.

A stand mixer takes all the heavy work out of making cookies

Like my grandmother and hers, I have actually mixed cookies by hand using muscle and a big wooden spoon. One time, the cookie dough was so stiff I broke the spoon.

Today, I use my trusty KitchenAid stand mixer. It's a dream come true. I wish I had invested in one twenty years ago. What a time saver it is!

Turn it on, let it fluff your butter and sugar while you measure and whisk the flour and salt. With one of these babies, you always have two hands free.

Christmas cookie mold pans

I like to have at least two for each holiday. With two--or three--you can fill one while the others are baking. Pop one out of the oven. Pop another in. Saves energy--Yours, mine and the gas bill.

A sturdy woven-style cooling rack

Why struggle with small baking racks that have tines going only one direction. With two of these large, cross-hatched racks, you're set to bake as many cookies, pies and cakes as you like to satisfy the biggest holiday crowd.

An assortment of tips make cookie decorating fun and easy

This is a good starter kit to help you decorate like a pro. Your kids will love filling and squeezing the bags too. Be willing to let them make lots of booboos! Have fun! This is one time it's okay to play with your food.

A reliable oven thermometer

Knowing your oven's true temperature is critical to successful baking. The large dial on this one makes it easy to read, even with the oven door shut. You don't have to lose precious heat (and fossil fuel energy) opening the door to check the temperature.

Dress your holiday table up or down with beautiful cookies - Easiest to make ever!

So many designs! So much holiday cheer! With this pan, you can make gorgeous cookies on a stick. Included are a gingerbread man and woman, a santa, a snowman, a Christmas tree and more.

The kids especially love decorating Christmas tree pops

Cookie stick trees are especially fun for the kids to decorate with sprinkles and tiny silver balls. Older kids can make garlands with an icing tube.

Build a holiday cookie wreath with this unusual pan.

Let your imagination run wild with all the ways you can build holiday wreaths with this mold. Exciting, isn't it?

I'm thinking it could be a lot of fun to bake little cakes in it and decorate them with marzipan, like petit fours, then arrange them on a holiday plate in the wreath shape with a bow-shaped cake in the middle.

What do you think?

These pans are one of my favorite finds in the last year or so. What do you think of them? And what are you cooking or baking today?

© 2012 Kathryn Grace

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      @Elsie Hagley, you are a wise woman. How wonderful you and your husband still get to farm together. I know it's tremendous hard work, and I'm sure after all these years, I could never keep up, but I do long for a more rural lifestyle with a garden once more. May you enjoy your farm and your family for many years to come.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for replying. I have 9 great grandchildren, they go and cook with their nana's and in-law nana's (my Daughter and Sons).

      As you grow older things change, like all though I would love and can still do cooking with my great grand children, it is looked at, that we are two old and tired to do things like that, which isn't true, I feel as old as I did when my first grandchild was born over 35 years ago.

      I had those years, now it's my children's turn to enjoy their grand children.

      I wouldn't take it away from them for any thing.

      I just get on and enjoy my golden years, that's working with my husband on the farm with the animals and looking after my 77 year old husband.

      Which I enjoy.

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      @Elsie Hagley, thank you so much! Perhaps there will be some great-grandchildren to bake with one of these days.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      This is a awesome hub. I love it you made a wonderful job of it with all those photos. Wish all my grandchildren were not grown up I would love to make those biscuits in those cookie pans with them when they were younger, those pans sure make a very nice job of baking them.

      I have voted this hub up!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @athomemomblog: If your molds are as easy to use as mine, you're in for a treat.

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      Genesis Davies 3 years ago from Guatemala

      I love these! My sister just brought me some Wilton specialty pans. Not cookie ones, but ones for donuts (big and small) and Twinkies. I haven't tried them yet, but after reading this, I think I need to.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @favored: They are wonderful, but I understand needing something that fits in a toaster oven. I've not tried baking cookies in my toaster oven, but cookie bars work really well--and the batches are small enough you're not tempted to eat too many. Or I should say I'm not tempted. : )

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I saw these and wanted to buy them, but they are too large for my toaster oven. They would be great to have.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @OhMe: Thank you for taking a look at the cookie pan. I think this year I may have to give away my cookie cutter collection!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have a lot of cookie cutters but have never seen the shape pan. You really make it sound great and I might have to give it a try. I also use a Cookie Press that I love.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @Brite-Ideas: Ask Santa to bring them early so you can make your cookies before the big day!

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      randomthings lm 3 years ago

      I've never SEEN molded cookie pans! This is GREAT!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I didn't even know these pans existed, I need one of these (Santa are you listening)

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @randomthings lm: They make cookie making SO easy.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @tfsherman lm: Oh dear, I'm so sorry your childhood cookies were ruined by the time you ate them. Don't think you'll have that problem with these. Thank you for the vivid image of children making cookies around the kitchen table. Love it!

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      tfsherman lm 3 years ago

      These sound great. Favorite childhood memory: making sugar cookies around the red formica table in the kitchen. Not so favorite memory: eating them afterwards, because we'd play with them like playdo and they tasted like cardboard by the time they were baked. Got to try these!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @smine27: Yes, and what I especially love about them is how crispy on the outside the cookies get, with the sugars and butterfat caramelizing so beautifully.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I have never seen these before. I think I need to get one for myself! Would make making cookies so much easier that's for sure!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @LeopoldBlatt: Haha! Thanks for the chuckles, and thank you for stopping by.

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      LeopoldBlatt 3 years ago

      A really nice fun lens that made me hungry. Delightful shapes to when anyone's appetite even old dogs like me. Perhaps that's why the bone one appeals to me the most!!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @Lorelei Cohen: Yeah, decorating those things ... so many ways

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      I really want to try that bone cookie pan next Halloween. It is definitely my style of cookie pan hee hee.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @Diana Wenzel: Teehee. I keep trying to figure out places to store more of them. I may have to give away my cookie cutter collection. Everyone likes these cookies so much more.

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      kathysart 4 years ago

      I bake chocolate chip cookies about every 5 days. Crazy I know. My husband LOVES them.. what can I say? LOL

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Those cookies look scrumptious! Would love to have some of these baking pans.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @kathysart: Oh my goodness, if I baked them that often we'd have to be lifted from our beds by a crane! No will power at our house. If you've posted your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe somewhere, do please let me know so I can give it a go.

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      desibabywear 4 years ago

      so nice ! so cool ! so delicious | so yummy now i am very hungry

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      imgori 4 years ago

      so cooL!

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      mouse1996 lm 4 years ago

      Your cookies look delicious. These pans look like fun to use.

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      ShineRita 4 years ago

      I find this lens on the front pageï¼

      They look delicious!

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @hntrssthmpsn: Yeah, those bones would be fun to decorate.

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      HuggsX3 LM 4 years ago

      This is a nice idea for cookies! never heard of it before. And I don't bake anything lol. i buy the easy to make stuff like soup so I just heat it up, and make sandwiches :p i don't really have anything to bake but i wish i did!

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      hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

      What a fun and easy shortcut to perfect sugar cookies... especially when there are little hands in the kitchen. I like the Halloween cookie tray, but I *love* the bone tray.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @yayas: I know what you mean. I can spend time in the kitchen, or I can spend time at my 'puter, but rare is the day I manage to integrate both seamlessly. Usually, one is at the expense of the other!

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      yayas 4 years ago

      I used to enjoy baking cookies and other treats. Now, I spend most o my time writing... an' I love it.

      Congratulations on being on the Front Page! I'm so proud of you.

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      emmaklarkins 4 years ago

      Wow, those whole wheat sugar cookies sound like such a great idea!

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @Brandi Bush: Yes, I'm always downsizing, but these make me fantasize a bigger kitchen!

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @HealthfulMD: Thank you! Let me know how it turns out, if you bake them.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @iijuan12: Mmmm. I'd love to try your whole wheat blackberry bread recipe. Sounds fabulous!

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @miaponzo: Thank you so much!

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      This pan looks really cool :) Blessed!

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      Fun lens! I just made whole wheat blackberry bread with my daughter. I bet my kids would love to make these cookies as well.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      Beautiful addition with the persimmon mixer. I am off to check out the healhy recipe.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Those cookies are really yummy. You make me want to bake.

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      Brandi 4 years ago from Maryland

      I was just looking at these the other day on Amazon...so many fun Halloween designs! :)