Springerle is a type of German cookie with an embossed design made by pressing a mold onto rolled dough and allowing the impression to dry before baking. This preserves the detail of the surface pattern. They are most commonly seen during the Christmas season.
Speculaas Cookies -- When imprinting the fragrant spiced cookie dough with springerle molds, stop frequently to clean the patterns with the tip of a skewer. This allows for a better impression in the dough and resulting cookie.
Springerle cookies, produced from cookie moulds dating back to the 14th Century. Used for important announcements and communications of the day: weddings, births, political satire, holidays, harvest times. - teach the kids about this then have them design their own. They could "paint" sugar cookies or make shapes with another type of cookie dough. Could be lots of fun.
The history of the German biscuits Springer goes back almost a thousand years ago when the Germanic tribes, during the winter solstice celebration, performed animal sacrifices as offerings to the god Wotan (Odin) supreme king of the Norse gods. Poorer people who could not afford to sacrifice their animals made these animal crackers to offier instead. The Springer first recipe appeared in a 1688 cookbook. The cookies became very popular between 1600 and 1800 when artisans began making molds…
Springerle, Anise Cookies , German Christmas Cookies ~ these also were baked by my uncle in his bakery and by my Mom when I was growing up, loved them..good dunking cookies in milk, or hot beverage. I need to find a mold and try them. This site has a recipe.