Springerle Rolling Pin

Springerle rolling pin from Germany
Springerle rolling pin from Germany

My great grandmother brought her springerle rolling pin when she immigrated from Germany in the late 1800's. Springerles are a traditional German cookie made with anise. My grandmother made them growing up and I hated them. They tasted like black licorice and could leave dents in the wall if you threw them. When I was older and somewhat more mature, I found a new recipe from a café called the Springerle House in Lancaster, PA where I was attending college. I gave the cookies another try and found that I liked them much better when they were soft. Leaving the simple design of the rolling pin aside, I purchased hand-carved molds from Switzerland and my mother and I started baking springerles all the time. We even hosted camps to show friends and family how to make these interesting cookies (read: acquired taste). Now, I continue the tradition with much easier to find resin molds from the Springerle Baker in South Carolina. I also take the opportunity to put a twist on this old cookie by creating new flavors of cookies like strawberry and rum spice.

Place(s): Germany, Switzerland, Pennsylvania, South Carolina

– Erica Koppenhoefer

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more