pretty cookies

5:58 AM

I found this speculaas/springerle wooden rolling pin at a church rummage sale for $1, so how could I resist?  I knew there were hundreds of recipes on the internet for this type of cookie, but I decided to try my old favorite shortbread recipe and they turned out great--perhaps not as sharp and clear as a more traditional recipe specifically for this type of mold, but I was very happy with them.  Before and after baking I scored the biscuit lines and baked them on parchment paper at a low temperature (325 F) for a longish time (30 min.) and they came out great. There are pictures of a duck, an owl, a pineapple, a cat, flowers and insects.  I'm just tickled with this gadget and imagine myself making these with little Carter in a few years!




Note: I did have to press down pretty hard to get the details in the dough. Also, using a traditional spingerle dough would make the design detail more crisp and clear after baking.  The dough I used was softer--a traditional shortbread--and lost some of the detail after baking, but it was not too bad as you can see in the picture below.




While writing this post I happened upon I Love Springerle.  It's a charming site full of information, traditional recipes and molds to purchase. Below are some pictures from her site:





I guess I was feeling in a sweetie mood because next I made that cracker candy. Do you remember that crazy recipe was that all over Pinterest and food blogs a few years ago?  Well, it's still good and still super easy to make!  If you haven't made it yet, make it soon--everyone will love it!  





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11 comments

  1. Kristen, thanks for finding this. I am enchanted.

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  2. That takes the prize for the BEST garage sale find! And at $1 too!

    Can I ask - did you have to press down hard when you were rolling out the cookies? I did look at the website and making those cookies is time intensive just because of the care of the Mold each time. But there are santa ones in the collection that are very tempting.

    What a fun post.

    Cindi

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    1. Hi Cindi. I did have to press down pretty hard to get the details. I think I'll edit my post to include that. Also, using a traditional spingerle dough would make the designs stay more during baking. The dough I used lost some of the detail, but it was not too bad as you can see in the pictures.

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  3. This is amazing! I thought of my boys too when I saw this! What a fun activity to do with little ones!

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    1. Not only fun, but like a little learning tool, learning about bas relief and all that!

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  4. You found that for a dollar?!?!??? Lucky you!!!!!! You will have years of fun home baking!!!! I think the cookies look great! Congrats on your great score!!!

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  5. Did you roll the pin across the dough? And it came out that sharp? What a fabulous small child activity. Food and Magic! Lucky little boy. Chloe

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    1. Yep, it's easy to just roll it across the dough. You have to press moderately hard but the dough is soft!

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