Springerle for My HusbandPosted: December 16, 2012
About a week ago, I asked my husband if he wanted a specific type of Christmas cookie this year. He immediately responded that he wanted anise cookies. By anise cookies, I thought he meant Springerle (a German Christmas cookie). I had never made this type of cookie before, but I was familiar with it because my grandmother would send us a batch every Christmas. Since the cookies are extremely hard (my mom said they were baked to last through the winter), I referred to them as cement cookies while growing up.
I found this recipe online and set about making and rolling the dough this morning. Unfortunately, I don’t own a Springerle rolling pin so my cookies will be without the pretty designs. Oh well! By the time my husband returned from work this morning, I had the dough cut and sitting in the kitchen to dry. He looked at the dough and asked, “What kind of cookies are these?”
I replied, “Spring. . . Springer. . .Springlearoie. . .I can’t say it! Cement cookies!”
My husband says, “Hmm, I wonder what they taste like.”
I looked at him and exclaimed, “You’re the one who asked for these cookies!”
“Yes! The anise cookies!”
“These are anise cookies?”
Now I have no idea if the cookies sitting in the kitchen are actually what my husband wanted. Either way, I’ll be baking the Springerle tonight–I hope they taste decent!