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Use & Care | Troubleshooting

Use

Artesão Cookie Molds are food-safe flexible silicone. Although oven-safe up to 400˚F, the dough is not intended to be baked in the mold.

 

Hint: You can make you cookies slimmer by squeezing in the sides of the mold before peeling off of the dough. 

Molds are dishwasher safe or hand-washable (preferred method). Use a clean brush and dish soap to scrub the mold, cleaning out small details with toothpick or brush. Do not clean with knife or sharp object as this can damage the mold. Hand dry or let air dry before storing 

Troubleshooting Susan's Favorite Recipe cookie dough. 

Humidity is your enemy and can make the details in your mold very difficult to maintain. If you cannot control the humidity of your baking environment you may want to wait till the weather is more conducive.

Dough is losing its detail when baking

  • Ingredients were not measured correctly. Too much sugar or egg can alter your results. Try the recipe again measuring precisely and weighing ingredients. Always follow the exact ingredient measurements and weigh them whenever possible, and don't substitute ingredients. This will avoid most problems.
  • Dough should not be sticky, but a drier consistency, like Play-Doh. If sticky, add a little more flour, about a teaspoon at a time. Be aware that too much flour can cause cookies to crack, so check often to prevent over drying. 
  • Humidity can wreak havoc with all aspects of cookie molding, creating sticky dough which in turn makes the details of your molded cookie very difficult to maintain. If you cannot control the humidity of your baking environment consider waiting till the weather is more conducive.
Note: if this recipe is to be used to make a large number of cookies, consider replacing the regular eggs in the recipe with powdered whole eggs. This produces a very consistent dough that holds the molded details beautifully. There are various suppliers to choose from, but so far I've purchased mine online at Honeyville Farms. It's a bit of an investment, but it adds great ease to the process when making numerous batches of Susan's Favorite Recipe.

    Dough Is Sticking To Mold

    • Dust mold cavity with powdered sugar or flour. Tap out excess before molding.
    • Dough piece may be overworked. Use a fresh piece of dough and return softened piece to refrigerator to chill.
    • If all of the dough is too soft, return it to refrigerator to chill. Be aware of the effect the room temperature may be having on the dough.Take out only as much as you need for a few molds at time, keeping the rest chilled.
    • Put the mold in the freezer for 10 minutes or so to chill. (clean molds can be placed in a plastic bag and kept in freezer to chill for future use)
    • Keep dough in a covered bowl over an ice pack if not in refrigerator.
    • If dough is sticky even after it's been chilled, the Ingredients were not measured correctly or the environment is or was too humid when recipe was made. Try the recipe again measuring precisely and weighing ingredients. (Sticky dough will still taste good so, instead of throwing it away, form the dough into balls then roll the dough in sugar and bake.)
    • Humidity is your enemy and can make the dough sticky and difficult to work with. If you cannot control the humidity of your baking environment you may want to wait till the weather is more conducive.

       Dough Is Too Hard

    • Remove from refrigerator and let it sit out for a bit before using. Depending on room temperature it may take 5-20 minutes for dough to be pliable to your liking. As you mold you'll notice it will become less stiff and easier to work with. Room temperature and handling can quickly make it too soft (and stick in the crevices of the mold), so avoid leaving it out too long.
    Dough Is Too Crumbly
    • If the dough is crumbly there was most likely a misstep during the making of the recipe: the ingredient amounts were off, it wasn't mixed long enough (mix until dough starts pulling away from sides of the bowl), or too much flour was added. The dough may be able to be hand pressed together, but if too dry it's not viable for cookie molding. It should still taste good though and can be baked as regular cookies. 

    For those who might enjoy a shortcut, Susan’s Favorite Recipe is available in an Artesão Cookie Mix. It tastes like it's made from scratch. Just add butter and water!