Before you read this review, I want to tell you that I am not a baker, nor am I a cake decorator. And you have to promise not to laugh...
I love to bake, especially during the holidays. In fact, up until a year or so ago, I used to make several different kinds of fudge and cookies and make up little cookie tins for my friends as gifts. Everyone loved them, and it got to the point where people were bringing me the tins from the previous year and asking when I would be filling it again. These days, I don't have all the time needed to make up those tins, but I do still like to bake as much as I can during the holidays.
One brand that I use often when I am baking is Wilton. Wilton is known for their cake decorating products, and they also make several products for baking in general. If you like to bake, then chances are, you are already familiar with the Wilton brand.
I recently received a variety of Wilton's holiday treat pans for review - 12 Cavity Whoopie Pie Pan, Paint-by-Numbers Cookie Pan, 8-Cavity Christmas Pops Cookie Pan, 6-Cavity Holiday Words Cookie Pan and 12 Cavity Silicone Mini Tree Mold.
All of the pans have recipes on the back to show you how to make the items pictured on the front of the pans. I suggest using those recipes, and you are about to see why.
I started off my holiday baking with sugar cookies, and I decided to use the Paint-by-Numbers Cookie Pan. Even though there was a sugar cookie recipe on the back of the pan, I bought a roll of refrigerated cookie dough from the store and pressed it into the pan.
The instructions tell you to fill the cavities 2/3 full, and clearly I filled them too full. When I took them out of the oven I noticed that they came up over the cavities, and when I took them out of the pan, I realized how big they were.
I honestly think that these would have come out so much better if I had followed the recipe on the back of the pan, and next time, I certainly will. But since I had the cookies and they still tasted good, I decided to cut the edges off and decorate them. I couldn't find any cookie icing without tree nut allergy warnings on it (Rylie is allergic) so I bought some tubes of the Wilton Sparkle Gel to decorate with.
Even though my cookies did not come out well, you can see how they form to the mold and have the little Paint-by-Number cavities to fill with different colored cookie icing. All of you decorators out there (and those that follow the recipes) will most likely love these pans!
The next treats I set out to bake were Christmas Tree Brownies using the Petite Tree Silicone Mold.
This was so easy to use! You can use this mold for a variety of treats, and I decided to make brownies. All you have to do is make up your brownie mix, spoon it into the molds and bake. This time I followed the 2/3 full rule!
Once the brownies had cooled, I simply turned the pan over, pressed on each cavity gently and they popped right out. The mold gives some definition to the Christmas trees on the underside with a few lines across the tree. I decided to decorate them with the Sparkle Gel also, just to make them a little more festive looking.
My favorite pan was the Christmas Whoopie Pie Pan.You can bake and decorate festive whoopie pies, and they are very easy to make. I followed the recipe on the back and made up the cake batter first. I spooned it into the Whoopie Pie Pan and baked them while I made the filling.
The whoopie pies are supposed to look like this when they are done...
...and even though mine aren't quite as pretty, I think they came out pretty cute!
Wilton has everything you need for all of your holiday baking! Make sure you visit Wilton online to see their full line of holiday products, along with recipes and ideas for delicious treats like the ones you see above.
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Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the Holiday Treat Pans at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. A big thank you to Wilton for providing the giveaway prize!