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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Do you know you can bake cookies in hard candy molds?


Plastic molds that are used to make hard candies can be put in the oven and you can bake cookies in them. Did you know that? I didn't, until just recently. I don't know why I never thought about it. These molds can withstand hot molten sugar being poured into them, so baking cookies in them seems logical.

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Although I have over 1,000 clear plastic candy molds (I've been making chocolate a long, long time) I didn't have a single opaque plastic hard candy mold (I've never made hard candy lollipops,) so I had to order some, as I was anxious to put them to the cookie baking test.

Note: You cannot bake in the clear plastic candy molds, they wont withstand high temperatures.


My first attempt made me question the validity of this baking method. My mold looked as though it had melted a bit along the edges. There was no dripping involved, but the mold was now so misshapen, that I had to throw it out. I had set the mold directly on the baking rack and suspected this was my problem. The cookies baked nicely, but were also slightly misshapen.

I thought I'd better protect the mold by setting it on a baking sheet. When I pulled the next batch of cookies out of the oven, the mold had only slightly warped in the center, but the cookies looked perfect. I tried it again, using the same mold, and had the same results.

So, theory tested, and proved. Yay, you can bake cookies in hard candy molds.

Note to self, order more molds.


I love how each bunny cookie has dimension and shape and they are actually easier to make than cut out cookies and certainly easier to decorate. Two candy eyes, a button nose, furry frosting ears, and a fluffy frosting tail turn these plain chocolate rabbit shaped cookies into Easter bunny cookies in a jiffy.


Chocolate Easter Bunny Cookie Pops
             Baked in a Hard Candy Mold (makes 24-36)

Ingredients: (recipe adapted from Lili Loa)
10 tablespoons butter, softened slightly
3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cup flour
non-stick cooking spray

optional decorations:
candy eyes
pink confetti sprinkle nose
white frosting
chocolate frosting

Supplies Needed:
mixer or spoon
hard candy Easter bunny molds
food only paint brushes

Instructions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar. Cream until light and fluffy. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Combine cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Stir in to wet ingredients. Add flour and mix just until incorporated. Don't over-mix, or you'll have tough cookies.



Spray your hard candy mold with non-stick cooking spray. Blot off any excess with a paper towel. 

Pinch off small pieces of the chocolate cookie dough and press them into the mold. Don't fill it completely to the top edge. Press a lollipop stick into the stick hole and into the cookie dough. Add some more cookie dough over the lollipop stick. Smooth with your fingers. Pat down the dough so it just fills the mold, removing any excess dough around the edges. 


Set hard candy mold on a baking sheet. Do not skip this step.



Bake at 375 F for 9-10 minutes until the cookies no longer look wet and shiny. Remove from oven and allow to cool 15 minutes. 




Carefully turn hard candy mold upside down over your baking sheet. Gently press on the back side of the mold allowing he chocolate bunny cookie to pop out. Keep the mold just above the baking sheet or put your hand under the cookie so it doesn't break when it hits the pan. 

Wash the mold, dry it, spray it with non-stick cooking spray and make more cookies. 


These chocolate Easter bunny cookies look pretty cute just as they are and taste chocolaty and wonderful, but I wanted to make them even more adorable, so I decorated them. 


I used chocolate frosting as glue to add 2 candy eyes and 1 pink button nose which came from a bottle of Betty Crocker Decorating Decors Zombie Mix. Don't ask me why they are called that, but they are small round sprinkles, the perfect size for these bunnies. I got them at the grocery store, probably at Halloween. I can't seem to find them on Amazon, but found other confetti sprinkles. You can also use pink sugar pearls.

I also painted some white frosting on the inside of the ears and added a fuzzy white tail. If you want to package these cookies, use a frosting that will harden or create the tail using a marshmallow.

Your Chocolate Easter Bunny Cookie Pops will stay fresh for several days just sitting on the counter. You can put them in an airtight container to keep them softer for several days. They can even be frozen for a month. 

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There are lots of different bunny molds to choose from, so you can bake a nice variety of chocolate bunny cookies for your Easter dessert.

This is a great project to get the kids involved with. So go have fun together in the kitchen.

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10 comments:

  1. I had no idea that you could bake cookies inside a candy mold! I absolutely love this idea (well, I love ALL of your ideas)! I'd love for you to share it in the Easter themed Family Fun linky: http://www.momsandmunchkins.ca/2013/03/21/family-fun-easter/

    Now my mind is racing with all the fun cookie shapes I could make!

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  2. uh oh. i'm in trouble now! i have a bunch of those molds...
    your bunnies are awesome, just like everything else you do.

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  3. I forgot ... thanks for reminding me! The simple details you added are perfect ... especially the tail ;)

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  4. Such a cute idea!!! Just saw your link over at Tidy Mom and thought I'd come and check it out :)

    I'd LOVE for you to link up a few recipes, projects or crafts at my weekend Link Party {The Weekend re-Treat} on The Best Blog Recipes that is going on right now! http://thebestblogrecipes.blogspot.com/

    Hope to see you there!

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  5. I think these cookies are darling but I would check with the company who makes the molds as to their safety in using them for baking. Plastics can leach chemicals into foods and using them improperly (not as they were intended) COULD possibly cause a health risk. Especially with children who these would be mostly intended for. I never used to be such a fuddy duddy spoil sport but there are so many scary things happening these days, I would for sure check it out completely before trying this.
    tonilea

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    1. I first read about making cookies in these hard candy molds on a website of a candy mold supplier. The company also sells cake molds that are made of the same material. Both are safe to use in the oven.

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  6. What wonderful news! I have lots of candy molds and now I can have double the fun! Thanks for the info!

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  7. These are super cute! Thanks for the clever idea. Lisa~

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  8. I suppose, logically, that one can use silicone ice cube trays to bake cookies, too, right? I've used them to make mini molded soaps before.

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    1. Yes, you can bake in silicone molds too. I've done that a lot.

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