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:

  • Who were the people that carved them?
  • What were the politics of the time?
  • How did they live?
  • Who used the cookie molds? For what occasions? Births, weddings, religious holidays, festivals?
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.

From 2009-early 2018 I was the exclusive reseller in the Americas of the
Änis-Paradies line of springerle molds. This collection of over 1,000 molds is the highest quality and most extensive line in the world. During this time, I grew the business from nothing to a profitable one with perhaps the largest US market share. I taught hundreds of students how to make the cookies, developed a blog with the help of my two valuable assistants and recorded 7 YouTube instructional videos. I made friendships with springerle cookie molds lovers across the world.

For personal reasons I decided to close sales in April 2018. Instructional portions of the Springerle Joy website remain open, as does the Springerle Joy blog. The molds can be purchased directly from

It is my wish that all of my customers continue sharing the joy of springerle with others.

Patrice Romzick

Owner, Springerle Joy, LLC