These gorgeous cookie molds are replicas of antique cookie mold designs, some dating as far back as the 17th century. Each cookie mold “stamps” a detailed picture on the cookie dough. Both functional and beautiful, these charming cookie presses are used to make elegant Springerle cookies, spicy gingerbread, or Dutch speculaas. They are a perfect way to celebrate weddings, holidays, and particularly Christmas! We have selected several holiday designs and will be introducing more historic designs this spring.
For centuries in Europe, hand-carved molds have been used to imprint "picture cookies," carrying on family tradition and culture. The original presses, now in museum or private collections, were carved in clay, wood, or metal. They told stories visually when many people were unable to read or write. We are offering 6 different holiday mold designs: a cornucopia of fruit; a poinsettia; a pine cone; Santa; a Christmas tree; and a written picture with the words “Glory Be to God”.
Our historic cookie stamps are made of a resin and wood composite. Each is individually hand cast and carefully hand finished. Some of the original 17th century molds had small cracks in them, so some of the true-to-form replicas also have the same cracks, adding a sense of authenticity and charm to the cookie molds.
This type of traditional cookie is often called Springerle. Springerle is a type of cookie from Baden-Württemberg,Germany with an embossed design made by pressing a mold onto rolled dough and allowing the impression to dry before cooking. The cookies are traditionally white and anise-flavored.
In addition to baking cookies, you can create beautiful, edible, sweets using marzipan, fondant, and modeling chocolate. Crafters, artisans and those who love to scrapbook will find delightful ways of creating Christmas ornaments, cards, wall art, and charms with these cookie molds. Also beautiful as decorating accessories, the molds can be hung on a wall or even displayed on a small table top easel. If the cookies are to be used as decorations, after the cookies are baked, the designs are sometimes enhanced with edible food colors--or with tempera or acrylic paints.
Cookie molds range in size. A small instruction booklet comes with each mold, providing general directions for making the cookie prints, along with several cookie recipes. To clean the cookie molds, simply wipe with a damp cloth. Made in USA.