Silicone molds are convenient in making different kinds of cookies in various exciting shapes. They make your work much more comfortable and are must-have items in every kitchen. Even if you are not an avid baker, everyone bakes cookies some time or another. These molds are easy to get and easy to wash. Also, silicone is a safe substance to cook on and much more reliable than non-stick pan chemicals. It also does not require the use of parchment. If you want to go nuts, you can get silicone cupcake molds for various shapes. I have a bunch of different holiday versions.
Using Silicone Molds
For making cookies, you can roll out the dough and use the molds. They make pretty much any shape you could imagine, from simple ones like hearts to even risqué ones. They come in great all shapes imaginable (stars, rounds, squares, hearts), etc. The smaller size mold pans have a more substantial amount of molds.
Silicone is very easy to handle, and taking the cookie out of molds is, therefore, not scary. The mold is made out of silicone, especially to make it easier to peel off the cake by bending more than to make it non-stick, so I lightly oil and flour the interior.
While most of the time, silicone is fairly anti-stick, it is not 100% anti-stick, so if you have a mold that allows it and you feel it may be an issue or had issues in the past, it never hurts to add some parchment. Generally speaking, though, parchment is not required for silicone molds.
It is reusable and can be washed in the dishwasher as well. Also, you can use these molds to shape meatballs, themed jellies, puddings, and even bath bombs and soaps.
I have circular molds I use to make standard cake shapes I do place a circular parchment paper in despite the silicone being very easy to take off the baked cake. The reason for this is that from time to time, there may be a section of the cookie that does not want to come off as smoothly as the rest and can cause it to tare. I could oil the mold to prevent this, but that would alter the exterior more than I desire, so I do not.
A Little History Of Molds
There is a long tradition of using hand-carved wooden molds to form gingerbread, and you can use those molds for sugar cookie dough as well. There are also cookie cutters in all shapes and sizes, which give consistent results.
Madeleines are baked in individual shell-shaped molds to provide them with that traditional scallop shape, and there are silicone molds and shortbread molds for traditional short breads, usually baked in a circle embossed with a design, then cut into eight equal wedges. Springerle, a classic German Christmas cookie, are often molded, or formed with a carved wooden roller with individual designs, which are cut into separate cookies before baking. Depending on the stiffness of the dough, the cookie may not need baking in the mold to remain uniform in size and shape.