Friday, October 19, 2012
Christmas ~ Time Springerle Cookie Time!
If you didnt know, the earliest printed recipe for Springerle dough dates to 1688. It is a traditional European cookie with anise flavoring that was rolled and formed by pressing into carved wooden molds. The cookies are dense and hold their shape beautifully, and the more elaborate the design, the more prized the cookies were~ they were popular Christmas gifts among the Nobility in the early times. The cookie molds have been passed from generation to generation, and many still survive today, and many of those have had molds made from them, so all of us can enjoy these wonderful edible works of art! My ornaments are not edible tho~ they are finished with a series of glazes that give them a nice aged patina.
(Springerle is pronounced Schpring~ girl~lee )