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German Anise Christmas Cookies (Springerle)

Rated as 3.33 out of 5 Stars

"This are an old favorite made during holidays. They are very crisp, almost hard; good dunking cookies"
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servings 115
Original recipe yields 36 servings (2 to 3 dozen)


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  1. Sift together the flour and baking powder, set aside. In a large bowl, whip the eggs and sugar until thick and light. Stir in the lemon zest and ground anise. Add the flour mixture, mix well. Cover and chill dough for about an hour.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/2 inch thickness. Traditionally, you would roll over the dough with a springerle rolling pin, but the dough can be cut into small shapes of any kind. Place cookies 1/2 inch apart on baking sheets, sprinkle with anise seed and leave out uncovered, overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake cookies for 25 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 115 calories; 0.8 24.8 2.4 21 22 Full nutrition

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Being German, and living in Swabia, where the Springerle have originated from, I am very happy to find this recipe in an American recipe collection! But I would like to add that you never use ba...

This is very much like my Grandmother's. that being said; She also used Hartshorn salt which is ground antlers(horn) which back in the day was use as a leavening agent. She stated using baking ...

I make anise cookies every Christmas (my late Grandmother's recipe). LOVE them....the flavor is very want to keep eating them However, I do not roll and use a cookie cutter. I...

My grandmother made these when I was a little girl, she had the "special" rolling pin that made the beautiful square cookies, however it took her months to complete them, I was quite surprised t...

Way, way, way too dry. Even after I added a few tablespoons of water to incorporate the rest of the flour, my husband (who is able to bench 200 pounds) literally broke a sweat attempting to knea...