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Tips and Tricks

Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about anise bread rolls and decorative Springerle cookies.


How do you prepare perfect anise/Springerle dough mix?

First, it is important to stir eggs (220g) and icing sugar (500g) well for a while, until they combine into a light cream. Then knead in the white flour (500g) and aniseed (1 tablespoon). Next, leave to stand for 10 minutes. For the right consistency of the dough mix, we recommend measuring the ingredients exactly.

How do you apply the picture onto the dough mix?

Divide the dough mix into four parts, roll them out individually on flour into a thickness of 8-10mm and sprinkle lightly with flour. Also sprinkle a little flour onto the mold. Now evenly press the mold onto the dough. Remove the mold, cut out the picture with a suitable cookie cutter or knife and place onto the baking tray.

How long is the picture dried for, and why?

Small anise bread rolls/Springerle cookies (5cm) are left to dry for around 12 hours, larger pictures (10cm) for 24 hours, and even larger pictures take more time. Choose a dry room without a draft. Drying allows the picture to become firm at the top. When baked, the rolls/cookies should rise at the bottom, creating the famous “little feet”.

How are the rolls/cookies baked properly?

Place the rolls/cookies right at the bottom of the oven, heated to around 150-160°C (300-320°F), for around 12-15 minutes. Possibly use a wooden spoon to hold the oven door ajar. Depending on the size of the rolls/cookies and the oven, the baking time and temperature may vary. Adjust these values to your own experience.

Where is the best place to keep the rolls/cookies soft and fresh for longest?

The rolls/cookies will stay soft and fresh for longest in a cool, damp place (balcony, basement etc.). In warm places, the anise bread rolls/Springerle cookies will dry out and harden faster.

How do you clean the baking molds properly?

Our molds are shockproof and waterproof. Ideally, the molds should be washed at the sink and cleaned with a brush. Do not allow the residual dough to harden. If you do have dried-on dough in your mold, soak it in water until the dough softens. The mold can then be cleaned as normal. When using multiple molds, place the molds you are finished with in water and then clean all the molds together once you are done.