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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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
7 hrs
total:
8 hrs
Servings:
48
Yield:
4 dozen cookies
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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

Nutrition Facts

82 calories; protein 1.7g; carbohydrates 17.6g; fat 0.6g; cholesterol 15.5mg; sodium 26.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2019
These are exactly like my Mom used to buy! But it was so cool that I could make them myself! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2015
Great recipe...thanks guys! I lost a favorite vintage cookbook. I tried two other springerle recipes and threw out the dough. This one is the best! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2017
I ve made these cookies for my husband for over 30 years. I found this recipe last year and he told me these ones finally taste like he remembers from childhood. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2019
These are exactly like my Mom used to buy! But it was so cool that I could make them myself! Read More
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