Carousel Cookies

Last year I purchased some Hartland Stoneware Carousel Cookie Molds. For some reason I ended up with a goat, a lion, and an elephant but no carousel horse. So I just ordered the horse mold this evening. It does not appear that there are any other designs. These are rather large cookies — about four inches on a side or about six inches tall. The cookie molds have a hole in the top so you can hang them in your kitchen. In fact, some that I purchased already have ribbons.

My question is, “Has anyone ever used these?” When I look up shortbread molds it appears that the dough is baked in the mold. But with the cookie molds, it appears that you tap the dough out onto a cookie sheet and mold more cookies before baking.

All say to lightly oil and flour the molds before pressing in the dough. Then flour again for subsequent cookies but do not oil again. I found several simple cookie dough recipes online. All say to form a dough and chill several hours or overnight before using. I guess I will try this but I was wondering if you could also use purchased cookie dough?

One article mentioned that you can paint them with food colors. Now would that be before or after they are baked? And do you thin the food colors or use them full strength? Or is it better to color some thinned icing and paint that on instead?

If I can find some time this year I would love to try making carousel cookies. If there is any interest we could even have a cookie-baking craft night. But first I need to figure this out.  [Jim says if I don’t like making cookies I can always press in clay.  Now there’s an idea, ceramic carousel cookies!]

Here’s another thought — we have carousel candy molds, and patterns to make carousel cakes and carousel cupcakes, and we have regular carousel cookie cutters as well.  Plus there’s  a carousel cupcake box to print on cardstock and glue together. That would be another division of Carousel Creations called Carousel Confections.

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Would you be interested in a Carousel Confections Craft Night?

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