- Food and Cooking
Wilton cookie pans make the fastest, easiest holiday sugar cookies ever
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.
Have you used molded cookie pans?
Family fun time - Frosting the snowflakes
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!"
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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
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 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.
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