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The Easy Way to Make Detailed Sugar Cookies in No Time

Making intricate cookies doesn’t always require hours of tedious piping — you can get the same eye-catching results with silicone molds! These time-saving tools are typically reserved for making fondant or gum paste decorations, but they can also be used to add terrific detail to sugar cookies. Use cookie molds to shape cookies, add texture or even bake the cookies right in the mold.

Molded Sugar Cookies

Images via Erin Bakes

Top tips for successful molded sugar cookies

  • Use a cookie recipe, like this one, that holds its shape when baking.
  • Baking molded sugar cookies straight from the fridge or freezer will help them to hold the details from the mold and prevent them from puffing up. 
  • Store cookies in an airtight container layered between parchment paper to prevent breakage. 
  • Add color to your dough by kneading in gel food coloring the same way you would color fondant
  • Use cornstarch instead of flour when dusting molds or shaping cookies. Cornstarch is finer, dissolves more easily and won’t leave a powdery residue on your finished cookies. 

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3 ways to make sugar cookies using silicone molds

3 Ways to Make Molded Sugar Cookies

1. Use a silicone mold to shape cookies and give them detail

Molded Lace Sugar Cookies | Erin Gardner | Caftsy

Step 1: 

Dusting the Mold | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Dust your mold with cornstarch. Use a paintbrush to help push the corn starch into all of the nooks and crannies. Tap out the excess. 

Step 2:

Rolling the Dough Over the Mold | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Place a ball of dough into the opening of the mold and smooth it out using a rolling pin.

Step 3:

Cleaning Up the Edges of the Dough | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Clean away any excess dough with an icing spatula or a small knife. Put the mold into the freezer until the dough is solid, about 10 minutes. 

Remove the mold from the freezer and flip it over onto a lined cookie sheet. Carefully peel the mold away, leaving the detailed dough on the sheet. Repeat to make as many cookies as you need. 

Step 4:

Bake the cookies straight from the freezer at 350 F for 7-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of your molded dough. 

Molded Sugar Cookie Detail | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

2. Bake cookies in a heatproof silicone mold.

(Make sure your silicone mold is oven-safe to at least 400 F before you try this method!)

Sugar Cookies Baked in a Mold | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Step 1: 

Dusting the Sugar Cookie Mold | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Dust the mold with cornstarch. Use a paintbrush to make sure all the fine details of the mold are dusted. 

Step 2:

Using the Dough into the Details of the Mold | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Roll a small ball of cookie dough between your fingertips. Push the ball into the most detailed part of the mold.

Filling the Sugar Cookie Mold | Erin Gardner | CraftstyFilled Sugar Cookie Mold | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Add more pieces of dough until the mold is a little less than full. Adding the dough a little at a time ensures that your finished cookies will be properly shaped. Clean away any excess dough with an icing spatula or small knife. 

Step 3:

Put the filled mold into the fridge or freezer until the cookies are firm all the way through. 

Step 4:

Place the chilled mold onto a cookie sheet — this makes it easier to handle when taking it in and out of the oven. Bake at 350 F for 10-12 minutes, depending on the thickness of your mold.

Allow the cookies to cool completely before removing them from the mold. If the shape you’re making is very delicate, allow the mold cool to room temperature, then place it in the freezer for a few minutes to firm up before un-molding. 

2D Dino Cookies Baked in a Silicone Mold | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

3. Use a silicone mold to add detail to sugar cookie dough and a cutter to shape it

Finished Sugar Cookies | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Step 1:

Rolling the Sugar Cookie Dough | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Roll the sugar cookie dough to about ¼” thick. 

Step 2:

Making the Impression | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Place the mold or form onto the dough, detailed side down. Press it into the dough with steady, even pressure. Carefully remove the mold, peeling away around the edges first. 

Step 3: 

Cutting out the Cookies | Erin Gardner | CraftsyCut Out Sugar Cookies | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Cut shapes from the detailed part of the dough using a cookie cutter. Peel away the excess dough and re-roll as desired. Carefully move the cut shapes to a lined cookie sheet.

Step 4:

Place the sheet in the fridge or freezer until the cookies are thoroughly chilled, about 20 minutes. 

Step 5:

Bake the chilled cookies at 350 F for 8-10 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool to room temperature before moving from the sheet. 

Sugar Cookie Details Made with a Silicone Mold | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

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7 Comments

laurelei

That last mold looks like the inside of the old style Tupperware lids. Brilliant!

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Mary

Nice..But, Where is the sugar cookie recipe?

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Erin Gardner

Hi Mary! It’s linked above under Top Tips for Successful Molded Sugar Cookies. It’s in the first tip.

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Bethany

Great tips! Thank you for sharing. Now, where do I get the dinosaur silicone mold pictured?

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Erin Gardner

Hi! I think I got that mold on Etsy, but it was a while ago. I believe you can find one similar on Amazon and possibly at Michael’s as well.

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Jennica Powers

I bought my dinosaur mold at Michaels Craft Store for $16.99 you can probably find them cheaper on eBay or amazon.

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