Springerle : A traditional Christmas cookie in Bavaria and Austria. These are white, anise flavored cookies made from a simple egg-flour-sugar dough, rectangle shaped with a design stamped on the front using a special rolling pin . Our Grandmother, Frances Ashenbrenner's family came from Austria. These cookies have been a family favorite for generations! This recipe holds very special memories for our Mama when she was a child. Mom was the youngest of 11 children. She was just a little girl when our Grandmother passed away. Mom has been able to hold dear to her heart many of those beautiful memories she had with her Mama. Even though we never met our grandmother, I feel like I knew her from all of the stories we have been able to enjoy especially around the Christmas Season! Making these little biscuit cookies is just one of them! Now Mom would like to share with you from her kitchen to yours, our family recipe of this delightful Christmas treat.
4 eggs beaten until fluffy
1 lb confection sugar
1/3 cup stick margarine ( we used butter and shortening)
5 drops anise oil
4 cups flour ( you will add a little more when rolling the dough out)
1 teaspoon baking powder
Beat eggs until fluffy adding a pinch of salt. Gradually add sugar. Beat until smooth. Add anise oil. Add margarine. Add baking powder to flour and stir flour mixture in two cups at a time. Roll a small amount of dough out at a time. Using your special springerle rolling pin, go over your dough, then cut into squares and bake 350 for 10- 12 mins or until puffy and brown around edges. Let sit overnight then put into tins.
Thanks for having us today Mom!