Springerle Cookies

What You Need

4 eggs
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons Anise extract
2 teaspoons lemon peel
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons crushed aniseed

Here's How

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat together eggs and sugar. Add extract and lemon peel. Sift together flour and baking powder and add to sugar mixture. On floured surface, roll dough to 3/8 inch thickness with smooth rolling pin. To prevent dough from sticking, mix 2 tablespoons flour and 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar and rub into Springerle Rolling Pin. Roll firmly over rolled-out dough. Cut squares apart. Grease cookie sheet and sprinkle with aniseed. Place squares 1 1/2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Cover with paper towel and set for 12-24 hours to set design. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 10-12 minutes, or until tops are pale and bottoms are lightly browned. Cool. Store in airtight container up to 2 weeks. Makes approximately 60 delicious anise flavored cookies.

Our Version:

We have a Springerle rolling pin but have had limited success with it. Instead, we use cookie cutters of various Christmas shapes ie candy canes, Christmas trees, bells, stars etc. We bake them immediately at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes as above.

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