I read a very helpful new book over the weekend that I thought might be of interest to some of you as well. It's called "Cookie Molds Around the Year" by Anne L. Watson, and she gives great, in-depth advice for using every variety of cookie mold I've ever heard of—and a few I hadn't—during each month of the year.
I have two shortbread pans I have used to make molded cookies with varying degrees of success, and this book gave me some great ideas for getting these pans to work more successfully. I also have a couple of those ceramic cookie molds (here's the one I've used to make teapot-shaped cookies), and I believe I'll use these with more confidence in the future thanks to the tips in this book. Watson also offers tips on how to know when cookies are done (by the time they're brown, they're probably overdone) and how to achieve a perfect shape with your cookies.
"Cookie Molds" includes lots of yummy sounding recipes, including a few that sound perfect for us tea lovers: Chocolate Coconut Tea Cookies, Cookies for Quilters' Tea, and of course, all of the shortbread cookies. There's a helpful list of cookie mold vendors at the back, so if you're inspired to seek out more molds, you'll know right where to turn. If you're a fan of molded cookies and would like to know how to make yours even better, I definitely recommend you take a look at this highly practical book!
Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from NetGalley.