Preheat oven to 300� F. and
Springerle could mean a small,
jumping horse, probably with a thought to old-time German
cookies in shapes of horses and riders. It is also reminiscent
of the German word for the knight in chess.
So, whether it
derives from a horse-shaped cookie or from the resemblance to a
chessboard that a springerle board has, we can't tell.
However, a springerle board is
divided into squares with indentations of fancy
patterns-animals, flowers, birds, and people. This board is
pressed down upon the cookie dough and the design impressed, or
you can buy springerle rollers with the designs hollowed out on
the rolling pin, but they are difficult to use.
Nowadays, many people content
themselves with pressing the bottom of a star-patterned
cut-glass tumbler upon each cookie.
To be really beautiful,
Springerle have to be made pretty much professionally. They are
never given away with profusion because they are too much
trouble to make. But there are sure to be one or two on every
cookie plate at Christmas.
The old recipes required that
sugar and eggs be beaten together for at least an hour.
flour was sifted several times, resifted with the hartshorn,
added to the eggs and sugar, and the whole stirred again.
lemon, anise seed, and grated rind were added and the dough
The pictures were separated along the dividing lines
to form square cookies.
Bake for about 20 minutes,
watching carefully to prevent burning and coloring.
they should be pale.
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