Springerle are made with wooden moulds or mould-cut rolling pins. The cookies are decorative and delicious; a real treat for the holidays.

Springerle German Christmas Cookies
Recipe type: Baked Goods
Cuisine: German
Serves: 25
  • 4 Cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 Cups powdered sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon anise
  1. Stir all ingredients except anise together. Let stand about two hours.
  2. Mold, take a small scoop and roll out on pastry cloth with design roller.
  3. Then cut into squares and leave on board for a short period of time so design sets.
  4. Preheat oven to 325.
  5. Butter baking sheets, arrange cookies on sheet and sprinkle with anise seeds.
  6. Bake on middle rack for 15 minutes.
If desired, decorate the cookies by highlighting the designs with a food coloring wash as follows:

Dilute vegetable food colorings with a bit of water and, using a small brush, apply a light wash of color to raised areas of the imprint.

Or paint the raised areas of the imprint with edible gold leaf (available at specialty baking stores).

Let the painted cookies stand until completely dry, about 2 hours.

Store airtight for 3 weeks or for a more pronounced anise flavor add 1 or 2 teaspoons anise seeds to the storage container or freeze for several months.

Shop for moulds at House on the Hill.

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