These amazing pagoda cookies showed up on Pinterest. While trying to find how they are made, I found a lot of other ways to make pagoda and blue willow cookies.
Soft Gel Paste Stamp Decorated Cookies
This might be the simplest way to decorate cookies with blue willow designs. Designs can be stamped onto a cookie using food colored thin frosting.
You can find the recipe, step-by-step directions and videos at
Iron Orchid Design: Too Pretty to Eat! Cookie Decorating for Beginners with IOD Stamps
If you are like me, you probably already have some Blue Willow and Pagoda stamps you can use.
If you don’t have a pagoda stamp, you can find them.
Decorate Cookies with Pagodas Using Edible Ink Markers
If you are talented, you can use edible ink markers to decorate the cookies yourself. A lot of companies make them.
Wilton has FoodWriter Color Edible Markers in Bold, Fine Tip and Extra Fine Tip.
I never did find out who did these cookies. They look more like they are hand painted.
Mold to make Pagoda Shortbread Cookies
Moon cakes are a traditional Chinese thing. They are made using a mold that you can use instead with the dough for shortbread cookies.
The mold comes with different inserts to make different imprints.
People use these to make soap or cookies. The molds aren’t expensive and there are a lot of different decorations available.
It may take a few tries to get it to work for you. Keeping the dough cold enough makes all the difference.
You can color inside the mold before you press the cookies to get this 3-D painted look.
Pagoda Cookie Cutters
You can use a pagoda cookie cutter to make pagoda-shaped cookies. You can leave them plain, but they are fun to decorate.
Lulukuku has a few sets of Chinoiserie cookie cutters. There are two versions of the pagoda cookie cutters. You can find them at Lulukuku Chinoiserie Cookie Cutters.
Lulukuku Chinoiserie Detail Pagoda Cookie Cutter
This version is a set of “detail” cutters. In addition to cutting out the shape of your cookies, the details will impress a design onto each cookie to give you guides for icing. Or you can skip the icing and just have a pretty impression stamped on your un-iced sugar cookies.
Lulukuku Chinoiserie Outline Pagoda Cookie Cutter
These are our “outline” Chinoiserie cookie cutters (without details inside). This version allows you to use your imagination to decorate each cookie with any design of your choice.
Patricia O’Brien & Co. made these cookies using Lulukuku pagoda and ginger jar cookie cutters. She is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You can see more of her work at Patricia O’Brien & Co.
Silicone Molds and Fondant
These are amazing! They are made by Lorena Rodríguez, Lorena’s Sweets in Escazu, Costa Rica.
I found her on Facebook: Lorena Rodríguez on Facebook.
She has recipes and instructions on her website: Lorena’s Sweets. She sells kits and gives on-line classes.
Her kits are sold on Amazon. The kits include cookie cutters, silicone molds, recipes and instructions. Lorena’s Sweets Cookie Decoration Kits on Amazon >
This product is designed to enable the client to produce professional looking cookies. Cookie cutters for cutting shapes out of cookie dough and silicone molds for shaping fondant. The suggested design may be reproduced in a variety of colors. In some cases a tip for icing is included. Instructions and basic recipes are also included.
You can buy other pagoda-shaped silicone molds that are food grade, made for ice.
You can use fondant molds to shape the fondant, then apply it to the cookies cut out with the pagoda cookie cutter. Trim to fit.