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Pastry molds similar to the 17th-century mold studied were used in central Europe for religious celebrations, education and sometimes just for decoration.

  • Oldest known molds date back 4,500 years.
  • Carved by goldsmiths in 1600s and later in the 1700s by Gingerbread Master baker apprentices
  • Most artists are unknown because some bakers only created the one mold required to become a Master Baker and molds were unsigned.
  • Most doughs must be dried 24 hours prior to baking in order to maintain their designs. The cookies taste better as they age.
  • Several museums have pastry mold collections.

Course Number and Title

UDI 204 (This is UD: Archival and Primary Source Research)

Publication Date


17th-Century Pastry Mold: Linking the Past and the Future