Old Country Springerle

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Springerle recipe from Germany. The best! This recipe has been used in my family for at least 6 generations. The results more than make up for the long, labor-intensive prep and proofing process. There are hundreds of these in our kitchens and dining rooms around the holidays! The anise gives a very distinctive licorice-like flavor. If someone tastes one for the first time and doesn't like it, I take the rest of the cookie and eat it so it doesn't go to waste. I actually don't bake long enough for the cookies to turn brown.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
7 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs
Servings:
48
Yield:
4 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar

  • 4 eggs, beaten well

  • 2 teaspoons boiling water

  • 2 tablespoons anise seed

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

  • 4 cups sifted all purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

Directions

  1. Beat confectioners' sugar and eggs together in a large bowl until thick.

  2. Place anise seed in a bowl. Pour water over anise seed into bowl and let mixture sit to steep, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat anise mixture and lemon zest into egg mixture.

  3. Sift flour and measure again. Sift flour once more together with baking powder. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and beat until dough forms. Divide dough into flat rounds, wrap each in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  4. Roll dough out on a flat surface lightly dusted with confectioners' sugar to 1/4-inch thickness. Roll dough with a springerle roller to shape cookies. Repeat with remaining dough rounds. Cover cut cookies with a towel and let dry for at least 6 hours or up to overnight. Transfer to baking sheets.

  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  6. Bake in batches in the preheated oven until edges are lightly golden, 12 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

82 Calories
1g Fat
18g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 82
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 27mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 21mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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