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Springerle Baking Tips

Updated: Oct 27, 2021

Featuring the Turkey springerle cookie mold

Springerle often involves experimentation. Generally, the larger the cookie, the lower the temperature, the longer the baking time. The smaller the cookie, the lower the temperature. But here are some considerations and guidelines for various sizes. Ovens vary; some run hot or cold and others have “hot spots”. As a rule, electric ovens have more even heat and are drier, but this is not always the case. Thus, electric ovens may bake the cookies more quickly. Be sure to let the oven get back to the same temperature after opening the oven door and open and close the oven door as quickly as possible. Use the middle rack in most instances – the heat tends to be more even there. Be sure to bake only the same size cookie on a single baking sheet. The first time you bake a new size cookie, bake a single test cookie. Repeat until you get it right. Better to waste a few cookies than a whole tray. You want the top of the cookie to be very white and the bottom to be slightly golden. Break the baked test cookie in half and make sure that the cake-like texture is fully formed and that no doughiness remains; this is especially important when you use hartshorn (you want to completely bake out the ammonia.)

If you roll cookies very thinly, reduce the temperatures and baking times. If you have thicker cookies, you may need to add 1 to 3 minutes to the baking times.

Springerle baking times vary depending upon the size of the mold. Also, the more finely carved and shallow molds are more suitable for springerle. The deeper molds are designed more for gingerbread and shortbread.

The German Springerle recipe uses hartshorn (ammonium bicarbonate) and the Swiss Springerle doesn't . The key to great Swiss Springerle dough is to beat the egg whites and powdered sugar until they are light and airy (10 minutes or more), before adding the ingredients.

Our Anis-Paradies recommends inserting a spoon into the hinge the oven door to allow any steam to be released. They also recommend baking on the lower rack.

Here is a link for our baking and craft tips page: You will also find downloadable PDFs and videos for baking springerle.

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