With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Three Projects using Heart Shaped Mold

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Three Projects using Heart Shaped Mold

 I purchased a Pampered Chef Cookie mold at a garage sale a few years ago and am just now getting around to trying it out.

I made pretty sugar cookies.

Sugar Cookies for Pampered Chef Heart Mold
2   cups all-purpose flour
1/4   teaspoon salt
1/2   cup (1 stick) butter, softened (do not substitute margarine)
3/4   cup sugar
1   egg
1   tablespoon milk
1/4   teaspoon vanilla

In small bowl, combine flour and salt; mix well and set aside. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture; beat until well blended. 

Form dough into a 4-inch disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1-2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly flour Heart Stoneware Mold; firmly press a portion of the dough into mold. 

Run knife flat across top of mold to trim off excess dough. (I just patted even with my fingers) Gently pull dough away from edge of mold with finger.

To release dough from mold, cover cutting board with a clean folded kitchen towel. Hold mold upright; lightly tap edge on cutting board until dough starts to release. Transfer dough to flat Baking Stone; repeat with remaining dough. Decorate with tinted egg wash, if desired. Bake 12-14 minutes or until edges are light brown; cool 3 minutes on baking stone. Remove cookies to cooling rack; cool completely.
Yield: 5-6 cookies

I baked the cookie right in the mold and colored them after baking.  I mixed a little milk with a few drops of food coloring and using a new paint brush, added color to the baked and cooled cookie.  To help the sugar sprinkles adhere, I first brushed with a little milk on a small portion of the cookie and quickly sprinkled on the sugar.

*next time* I will read the instructions carefully and release the dough onto a baking sheet before proceeding :)

Then I made a Tissue Paper Decoration

Tissue Paper Decoration

2  sheets tissue paper (20 x 26 inches each)
1 1/4  cups water

Preheat oven to 200°F. Crumble tissue paper. Place tissue in blender container; carefully push down close to blade. Add water. Cover; blend 15-20 seconds.

Place blended paper in colander; squeeze excess water out with hands or spatula.

Firmly press paper pulp evenly into Heart Cookie Mold. Blot any excess water from paper in mold using kitchen towel. Bake 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until paper is completely dry. (Do not over bake or edges will curl and turn brown.)

Remove paper decoration from mold; cool completely on cooling rack. If desired, paint with water colors or acrylic paints, or decorate as desired.

Yield: 1 decoration

Cook's Tips: Paper decoration can be dried at room temperature for several days. Place a flat object over the mold to prevent edges from curling.
My white tissue paper turned bluish-purple when I added the water.  I liked the soft color and decided not to add paint.  To finish the heart, I crocheted a simple shell edging before mounting it onto vintage looking craft paper.

Finally, I tried to make a chocolate heart.
I thought this would be the easiest project of all.
Although, I carefully followed the instructions, no matter how I tried, I could not get the chocolate to release from the mold without breaking. Finally, I lightly sprayed the mold with PAM and spread evenly with my finger leaving as little as possible.  I poured melted chocolate (this time mixed with raisins) into the mold and gently tapped the mold on a folded towel to level.  I popped it into the freezer until frozen.  Fearing it would break as the others did, I was very happy it fell from the mold after just a few, gentle taps.
Even though this is a Christmas mold called, "Joy to the world", I thought it appropriate for Valentine's Day and this verse immediately came to mind. There really isn't a greater love than this.

Sharing on The Tablescaper's Seasonal Sunday


Suzanne said...

Pretty, pretty projects Lorraine!

The Old Parsonage said...

Well aren't you a smarty pants:) They all look great, but I love the crocheted edged one the most!!


Sandy said...

Absolutely beautiful, all of them! The first is my favorite but it is just too pretty to eat.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

your talent knows no bounds. You are now a cookie artist... I am blown away and left with my mouth open shaking my head. How on eart could anyone eat that work of art?

Susan said...

Oh LDH, those look adorable as well as yummified! Susan

Blackberry Lane said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

The Tablescaper said...

This is gorgeous - each one of them! I love how you shared your struggle, rather than making it seem like everything was perfect. Your painting on the cookie is outstanding.

Hope you'll link this to Seasonal Sundays.

- Alma, The Tablescaper

podso said...

These are wonderful Lorraine. So creative and pretty. good for you to try three things!

Ann said...

What a great trio of projects. Such a neat idea with the tissue paper

Pondside said...

They're all great projects, but I have to admit to liking the tissue paper heart best of all!

EMMA said...

What beautiful work!
For some reason I'm not receiving updates from your blog anymore? I wonder where they are going?
Will definitely be trying your split pea soup this weekend!!

Gypsy Heart said...

Beautiful! You are so talented.


Gypsy Heart said...

Beautiful! You are so talented.


kitty said...

I love all the ideas of using the mold, Lorraine. I have a pampered chef mold and used it for shortbread one time. I'll try some of your ideas.

SarahGeorge said...

WoW!!! Simply stunning!! Loved the tissue paper project! And the purple heart!! Amazing!


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