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 →

Homemade lollipops using metal molds. Before3pm.com

Do you call these lollipops or suckers?  I grew up calling them lollipops, although it seems like suckers may be more common.

I also grew up saying soda, although my mom’s side of the family called it sodapop or just pop.

Whatever you like to call hard candy on a stick, they are easy to make and so much fun when you use these nifty molds! Read More →