Use mooncake molds to create stamped sugar cookies!

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!

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.

Use mooncake molds to create stamped sugar cookies!

This creates slightly ragged edges on the cookies, but I found that after baking, the edges smoothed out.

Use mooncake molds to create stamped sugar cookies!

The other method is to create a ball and then stamp over the ball.   This creates very clean edges, but is more time consuming.

Use mooncake molds to create stamped sugar cookies!

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.

Use mooncake molds to create stamped sugar cookies!

The finished cookies are about the size of an oreo.Use mooncake molds to create stamped sugar cookies!

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.

Use mooncake molds to create stamped sugar cookies!

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!



8 Thoughts on “Making Cookies with a Mooncake Mold

  1. Those are so cute!

  2. Josephine Huang on May 8, 2019 at 10:46 am said:

    Thanks for this article! I was looking for a cheaper alternative to the Nordic Ware cookie stamps and this looks perfect

    • Rachel on May 8, 2019 at 12:38 pm said:

      I completely understand! I really love cookie stamps and Nordic Ware are nice quality, but it is just so hard to justify their prices! Be careful, or you might end up becoming a Mooncake mold hoarder like me 🙂

  3. I was wondering if you could use them on a rolled out cookie dough. I wasn’t sure if you had to have a thick material. Thanks! Pulling the trigger on my Amazon cart!

  4. Hi, I’ve just bought some moulds and I’m going to use them to make cookies. I was just wondering what size do you make the balls approximately when you roll them up if I want to try that way instead of the rolled out dough?


    • Rachel on October 8, 2021 at 10:01 am said:

      Hi Lee! I would say to make the balls about the size of a small truffle. If you find that your finished cookie is too thick, just pinch a little off of the ball and reroll and try again. I think you’re going to love to make cookies with a mooncake mold! It feels like magic 🙂

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