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Here’s a cookie molds surprise!
Coming in September 2024

Crafting with Cookie Molds

Polymer Clay Mixed Media Projects to Beautify Your Home, Give as Gifts, and Celebrate the Holidays

Collage of Anne's projects.

By Anne L. Watson

Photos by Aaron Shepard

It’s a match! Cookie molds and polymer clay are perfect crafting companions!

So says Anne L. Watson, whose earlier books helped spark a cookie molds revival. As Anne has discovered, cookie dough and polymer clay have a lot in common, and a mold made for one will work brilliantly with the other. The mold does the main work of shaping the clay, making you look like an expert every time! And many cookie molds are “bakeable,” so that figures come out of the mold perfectly formed and already hardened.

Besides that, contemporary cookie molds come in shapes, patterns, and themes that will appeal to polymer clay and mixed media crafters as well as cookie bakers. So, while bakers will find a new use for their molds, crafters will discover countless new designs to grace their projects.

Crafting with Cookie Molds includes everything you need to get started: basic tips and techniques, plus over thirty of Anne’s own decorative projects, from beginning to advanced, illustrated with over 170 photos. You’ll find Christmas tree ornaments, boxes, baskets, shelf standers, wreaths, gingerbread houses, and more. And if you want to use the very same cookie molds as Anne, they’re identified by maker, with notes on where to find them.

Welcome to the exciting new world of polymer clay and cookie molds!

Shepard Publications

Ebook ~ 2024

Paperback ~ 2024

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Book cover: Baking with Cookie Molds

Reviews and Comments

From Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2024

Watson, a writer of several books about innovative crafting, offers a thorough introduction to a clever new craft.

The author’s charming guide presents advice on creating decorations and useful household items from polymer clay with the help of an unexpected set of tools: cookie dough molds. The book, which is divided into two sections, is appropriate for crafters at every level. It begins with tips on materials, including a comprehensive list of mold brands and where to find them. Items like these are relatively uncommon in contemporary kitchens, but crafters who might be daunted by the idea of using them to work with clay will be reassured by Watson’s detailed instructions on their employment and maintenance. Readers will find it hard to resist Watson’s excitement throughout these pages: “It’s a match! Cookie molds and polymer clay are perfect crafting companions!” Still, her eager outbursts are tempered with levelheaded advice about clay safety and meticulously researched information about different types of materials, adhesives, and tools. In the book’s second part, Watson describes 32 projects that allow readers to practice the skills they’ve just learned. They include an easy, one-piece Halloween basket charm and a more intricate majolica box, and each project’s difficulty is ranked on a scale from Beginning to Intermediate to Advanced. Shepard, Watson’s husband, has photographed her creations at every step of their construction, making even the most complicated projects accessible for ambitious crafters. With easy-to-follow instructions and more than 170 photos, Watson’s book is the authoritative guide to a relatively obscure crafting art, as well as a treat to read.

A comprehensive, organized, and deliciously readable manual that provides instruction with enthusiasm and ease.


A Good Start

Part 1—Basics

Basic Tools

Cookie Molds

Cookie Cutters

Finding Cookie Molds and Cutters

Other Essential Tools

Optional Tools

Basic Supplies

Polymer Clay

Other Essential Supplies

Optional Supplies


Basic Directions

Choosing Your Clay

Conditioning Your Clay

Molding Air-Dry Clay

Polymer Clay Safety

Molding Bake Clay in a Bakeable Mold

Molding Bake Clay in a Non-Bakeable Mold

Shaping Air-Dry Clay with a Cookie Cutter

Shaping Bake Clay with a Cookie Cutter

Molding a Single Image with a Rolling Pin

Molding a Continuous Sheet with a Rolling Pin

Fixing Flaws


Painting, Sealing, and Glazing

Part 2—Projects


Halloween Basket Tie-on (Beginning)

Square Canister Basket (Beginning)

Key Basket (Intermediate)

Picnic Basket (Advanced)

Sewing Basket (Advanced)

Boxes and Canisters

Tissue Box (Beginning)

Game Box (Intermediate)

Round Canister (Intermediate)

Mermaid Box Set (Intermediate)

Majolica Box (Advanced)

Table Decorations

Seasonal Candleholder (Beginning)

Keepsake Photo Frame (Beginning)

Valentine Centerpiece (Intermediate)

Shelf and Counter Decorations

Storybook Shelf Standers (Intermediate)

Village Planter Box (Advanced)

Alphabet Bookend (Advanced)

Wall and Door Decorations

Door Signs (Beginning)

Thanksgiving Wreath (Beginning)

Wedding Wreath (Intermediate)

Halloween Wreath (Intermediate)

Other Room Decorations

Sunflower Potted Plant Stake (Beginning)

Butterfly Floral Picks (Beginning)

Tree of Life Family Album (Intermediate)

Christmas Projects

Christmas Tree Ornaments (Beginning)

Christmas Candleholder (Beginning)

Saint Nicholas Shelf Stander (Intermediate)

Christmas Train Wreath (Intermediate)

Christmas Stocking Hanger (Intermediate)

Treetop Star (Advanced)

Christmas Teatime Wreath (Advanced)

Advent Calendar (Advanced)

Gingerbread House (Advanced)


Sample Text

A Good Start

“Too pretty to eat!”

If you make molded cookies, you’ve heard that one over and over. And if you’re like me, you don’t know what to say. It’s a compliment, but it can also feel frustrating.

If all your work and skill gives you cookies that can’t be eaten, what are you supposed to do with them? Make decorations? Hang them on the wall? Display them on a shelf?

Well, yes, that’s exactly what you can do—if you make molded “cookies” out of polymer clay.

“Cookies” like that can decorate a holiday tree or a wreath. They can adorn a box, a basket, a canister, a candlestick, or any number of other gifts, prized possessions, or common household items. They can even stand on their own, as when made into a planter box or a gingerbread house.

Of course, not everyone reading this book has ever made a molded cookie. Maybe instead you’re experienced in mixed media or polymer clay, and you’re looking for new directions for your craft. Or maybe, as a beginner, you love that a cookie mold could do the hardest part of shaping clay, leaving you to reap the rewards!

Whichever side you’re coming from—cookie molds or crafts—this book will get you off to a good start combining them.

Anne’s Cookie Molds Books

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