About the Project
Welcome to Springerle Madness – a cookie press making company that is helping to preserve a traditional family cookie art form! We are not cookie bakers, rather we are woodcrafters who create personalized, carved wooden heirloom quality Springerle Cookie Presses for you to use making cookies in your own kitchen! Our cookie presses celebrate your special family events like anniversaries, birthdays, holidays and the arrival of a new baby. You can include personalized wording, dates and other sayings or words that have meaning for you and your family! Our presses are also very unique wedding or anniversary gifts, celebrating memories for years to come.
A historic pear wood single cookie press and examples of old style cookies.
About Springerle Cookies
Springerle cookie making is a centuries old European tradition. What makes a Springerle special is that it carries an artistic pattern, imprinted by molding the dough with the carved press and then letting it dry so that when baked the impression is preserved on the face of the cookie. These artistic impressions are surprisingly detailed. Each cookie is like a miniature bas-relief sculpture – yet despite their complexity, they are easy to make with a press. Springerle cookies can be used as cake toppers, decorative pastry medallions, or just as regular cookies. Some even paint them with food colorings and apply decorative frosting.
Wooden Springerle presses are very versatile and can be used on:
- Springerle cookie dough
- Dutch-style Speculaas cookies
- Loaves of Bread -- marking your homemade baking efforts!
- Pita and flat bread
- Candy and confections
A Swedish Princess Tårta cake with a Springerle impression on the Marzipan topping -- within are layers of whipped cream and raspberry jam on light cake!
There are many recipes for Springerle cookies and most are very easy to
make with commonly available ingredients. Traditionally, each cookie is baked on a layer of anise seeds, cinnamon or other spices, which you choose reflecting the flavors of the time of year you bake them. Different spices each impart a truly special flavor that is sweet and delicious. Springerle cookies are made year around, yet they are also a great holiday tradition. Breads, cakes and confections are universally loved throughout the year!
On bread, tiny holes in the design will reduce yeast expansion when rising!
Today, few cookie press woodcarvers remain active. Finding quality carved wooden cookie presses is difficult. Families that have a Springerle press often pass them down through the
generations, typically from mother to daughter. Some pear wood and apple wood cookie
presses are still in use through seven generations and 200 years.
Even though several companies produce replica molds in resins and clay by castings from historic carvings, there is still nothing quite as good as a press made with fine wood. Wooden presses, unlike replica molds, will last generations and become
heirloom kitchen items that are used and displayed with pride.
A detailed view of a wedding press design possibility in cookie dough!
About Springerle Madness Cookie Carvers
Springerle Madness Cookie Carvers are a small group of woodcarvers who have been working to preserve and advance this little known art form. Our efforts not only focus on recreating old styles of cookie presses in pear wood and apple wood, but also in updating and modernizing the press arts for today, so that they celebrate today's family!
Each cookie press design is a wood carver's challenge and is made with a wooden knife, a board of pear wood and lots of love.
Our presses ship with a recipe e-book and a
step-by-step guide to cookie making, so you can start making your first
dozen cookies right away!
Use of Funds
All funds collected go toward the start-up costs of the business, including registrations, licenses, insurance, acquiring the necessary wood carving knives, tools and equipment. Other expenses include developing packaging and marketing materials, designing our website for order taking, and renting commercial space for the business. Additionally, we will use the funds for placing advertising in bridal magazines, parenting and other family-oriented publications as well as in online media.
Please remember that with Kickstarter, funding is either ALL or NOTHING! Therefore, we ask you not only to support us by becoming one of our backers, but also to share our Kickstarter campaign with your network -- please put it on your Facebook account and help us succeed!
At Springerle Madness, we aim to bring Springerles to your kitchen – one
family at a time – from our shop to your kitchen, bringing you joy with
Thomas V. Hare
Wood Carver & Chef