The Three Rabbits Springerle Cookie Mold
This old design is a mixture of pre-Christian with Christian symbolism. The quickness, fertility and vigilance of rabbits must have meant something divine to the ancients and this continues in Christian symbolism. The three rabbits demonstrate the unity of the Trinity.
A prominent example is the "Three hares window" in the cloister of the Paderborn Cathedral. Three other rabbits motifs seen in the Cathedral of Münster in Westphalia, under the vault of St. John's Choir (1250),
in the monastery in Hardehausen Egge, on the farm Riehen between Basel and Loerrach, or the Monastery of St. Catherine in Sinai. In other places, one also finds the "three hares", mostly in churches and monasteries.
The three bunnies' ears unite so skillfully that each hare has two ears, but the subject as a whole has a total of only three ears. This puzzle is also found in the German folk songs: "The hare and the spoon three, and yet each hare has two."
This design was shown repeatedly on pastry molds.
Our mold with the three bunnies was carved in 2007 by Hans Neff. The original wooden moldis in a Swiss private collection.
Featured in Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine Winter 2016 p. 285.
Springerle Dough Thickness Tip:
8 mm using Dough Guides (10009)
Recommended custom fluted cutter: 17288