Do What You Love
I love springerle cookie molds. The intricacy of the molds and the ability to form cookies that are truly works of art fascinate me. When I look at the replicas of springerle cookie molds dating back as much as 400 years I wonder:
It is amazing that I am able to use the same images 400 years later. What would the original cookie mold carvers and owners think about their legacy?
I didn’t always like springerle cookies. Even though my German ancestors came to the US from Gdansk (Danzig) in the 1870s and from Berlin in the 1880s, I found that eating an anise-flavored cookie was not in my genes. Growing up in Detroit, there were German bakeries and my mother religiously bought springerle (and pfeffernüss) for our Christmas cookie plates. The springerle cookies were hard and the primitive images were difficult to see.
Fast forward about 40 years to a convention of antique Christmas collectors in Lancaster PA…
One of the collectors gave a presentation on springerle cookies and how to paint them. Later, I found springerle molds and springerle cookies that were beautiful and flavored with raspberry, not anise in a booth at Lancaster’s famous Central Market. I was hooked.
For the last 18 years I have been an avid springerle cookie mold collector and professional springerle baker. To support my habit, I made paper clay ornaments using the springerle cookie molds, painted them with acrylics and sold them at conventions. I found that although I couldn’t draw a picture in perspective, I could paint intricate clay impressions of the cookie molds. Cookie painting soon followed.
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