Recently I’ve been researching an interesting cookie tradition called springerle, which has deep roots in Germany and Switzerland. Springerle is made by pressing a special kind of dough into beautifully detailed cookie molds, letting the dough dry to retain the details, and then baking on a low temperature. Some stores sell copies of spectacular historical molds, many of which feature biblical scenes, the details of which will make you want to cry. Rather than post dozens of pictures, I’ll just recommend a few different sites: House on the Hill, Springerle Joy, and this Cookie Molds blog. You can browse if you have the time.
Being a Lutheran-leaning blog here at CLEAR, I thought I’d share three particularly interesting cookie molds with you: a Luther portrait, and two different Luther roses.
This springerle mold is from House on the Hill, and features a Luther “seal” with the Reformer’s portrait. This one fascinated me so much I had to order one. 🙂
The next springerle mold is made by Dukasi in Germany and features a nicely detailed Luther rose. It can be found and ordered on this page.
The last one I’d like to share is a cookie stamp that has been available from Old Lutheran for some time. I have two of these: one for baking and one for crafting.
Luckily, you don’t have to get two of each mold if you want to use one for baking and the other for making ornaments or other objects. You can use Paper Clay or Delight modeling compound, which are non-toxic and safe for using with springerle molds.