This year, the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is Monday, September 24, 2018.  This is a festival that is halfway through the autumn season in the Chinese calendar and it is a time to celebrate the harvest and a lot of traditions center around the moon.

Traditional mooncakes are baked pastries filled with lotus flower paste or sweet bean pastes.  I am just in love with mooncake molds, but truth be told, I am not in love with the traditional fillings.

My solution?  Make a peanut butter and chocolate “mooncake.”  This is a perfect way to have the beauty of a mooncake, but with an American twist!

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Use mooncake molds to create stamped sugar cookies!  Before3pm.com

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.

Use mooncake molds to create stamped sugar cookies!  Before3pm.com

A really obvious way to use a mooncake mold is by making stamped sugar cookies! Read More →

Tips to making pretty cake pops. Before3pm.com

If you have followed my blog, you know that I really love fun kitchen/baking tools, like cookie cutters, cookie stamps, lollipop molds, special baking pans, etc…

So, it should be no surprise that I own A LOT of silicone molds!  I just can’t seem to resist buying cute molds, but I am usually disppointed when I try to make something in them.  I have tried making tons of things in silicone molds, and they just haven’t been as useful as I’d hoped.  (not that this has kept me from buying cute ones whenever I see them!) Read More →