Here’s a funny springerle story. I first came across springerle cookies when we were living in Kentucky. St. Meinrad is a monastery in Southern Indiana and probably in about 1998 or 1999, we visited there. We went on a tour, and visited the gift shop. They had springerle cookies in cute little bags so we bought some to try. I loved them. Even though anise isn’t my favorite flavor, he cookies were so good – sweet, crunchy on the outside, a bit chewy in the middle. I began looking for them, thinking I would have to order them online but found there are Donut Banks in and around Evansville, IN and around Christmas, they made and sold springerle cookies. Every year, I’d go over there and buy a couple dozen springerle cookies.
We moved away from Kentucky just after Christmas, 2006 and I was so dreading not having springerles. That’s when I figured out how to make them but one day, near Christmas, 2007, the mail man rang the doorbell and handed me two boxes – both from The Donut Bank. Each contained a dozen springerle cookies that two different friends, neither knowing the other was doing it, had sent me. The next day, I got a third box of springerles from a third friend there. They all knew how much I loved those cookies and it was so sweet of them to do that.
Now, I have to make springerles if I want them and even though the molds were lost for three or four years, I could have used the rolling pins but I was too aggravated about not having the molds so I didn’t even make them at least two of those years. Now that the molds have been found, I’m back to making cookies. Half of the springerle cookie dough is rolled out, cut and the cookies are drying.
It’s easier to see the design in the ones sitting on the bar as I was looking at them from a different angle.
Springerle cookies can also be made using a springerle rolling pin, which is much easier, much less expensive than buying a lot of molds but not quite as pretty or fun.
I have several of the rolling pins and used those before I started buying the molds.
This evening I will bake the anise cookies, then roll out the almond cookies, let them sit overnight and bake them tomorrow. That will probably be the end of the springerle baking for this year. I need to get sugar cookies made before Addie comes next time so she and I can decorate them.