One of my favorite pastimes is finding unusual tools from cuisines around the world. Several years ago I discovered mooncake molds (you can read about my westernized version here).
Even though most of these tools are traditionally used for very specific recipes, I like to get creative and find other ways to use them.
A really obvious way to use a mooncake mold is by making stamped sugar cookies!
There are two ways to go about it, one is to roll out the dough and stamp down on it.
This creates slightly ragged edges on the cookies, but I found that after baking, the edges smoothed out.
The other method is to create a ball and then stamp over the ball. This creates very clean edges, but is more time consuming.
It is also important to lightly dust it with flour for this method as rolling it into a ball warms up the dough and it is more likely to stick to your mold.
As with any time you use a cookie cutter or cookie stamp, it is important to use a cookie dough that will keep it’s shape. My all-time favorite recipe for sugar cookies is the “Rich Roll Cookie” from Joy of Cooking.
Mooncake molds are very affordable and you can find them on Amazon. They come in three basic shapes – circles, squares, and triangles. They also come in two basic sizes. This mold here is the smaller size.
Most of the designs are specific to the Mid-Autumn festival, when mooncakes are traditionally eaten. This means that the designs are limited. I was so excited to find this treble clef since I teach piano and can use these for my students.
You can easily find flowers, geometrical designs, and some animals. And of course, Hello Kitty!