Recipe by Ginny
"This springerle cookie recipe is made with anise oil."
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sifted all-purpose flour
anise seed, or as needed
This receipe is the REAL THING. It asks for baker's ammonia and it tells you to let the shaped cookie stay outside for 24h. If you try this receipe for the first time, don't be discouraged by the strong an unusual smell of the ammonia. It makes the cookies puff up during the baking process. That's where its name comes from. Translated it means "little jumper". Ammonia is a must for those cookies, otherwise you will have Anise cookies. The smell will disapear over time and the strong flavor of anise will rise. Enjoy.
This is the same recipe that I received from my great grandmother some 50 years ago. I've had problems finding the ammonium carbonate but my local drugstore was able to get some for me. My favorite way of "softening" them up, is to dunk them in a good cup of hot tea when I am eating them.
I thought Springerles would be only a childhood Christmas memory for me until I found this recipe - they taste EXACTLY as I knew them, and they are surprisingly easy to make! I found that the dough could be chilled for longer periods with consistent results for busy cooks. I used a cat cookie cutter as I do not have any molds; the cut cookies "rested" overnight on parchment paper for easy removal. Also, I used a spray mister to quickly wet the backs before placing on a greased and seeded sheet. My friends wholeheartedly shared in my enthusiasm by exclaiming how exceptional the "puffy cats" were, which caused the need for multiple double batches! Will get online to purchase down molds for next year. It was the highlight of my Christmas, thank you very very much!
Excellent Recipe !
Substitute 1 teaspoon baking powder plus 1 teaspoon baking soda for 1 teaspoon baking ammonia.
Wonderful! Made these for Christmas. I have individual Springerle molds, not a rolling pin (and they're fairly big--about 4x3 ) so I only got 16 cookies.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/48 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 48
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 3
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