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Springerle Madness carves personalized, wood heirloom quality cookie presses in traditional style, helping preserve a folk art!

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
  • Gingerbread
  • Dutch-style Speculaas cookies
  • Loaves of Bread -- marking your homemade baking efforts!
  • Pita and flat bread
  • Candy and confections
  • Marzipan

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 every bite!

Thank you!

Thomas V. Hare
Wood Carver & Chef
http://www.springerlemadness.com
http://www.facebook.com/SpringerleMadness

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    Our Springerle Cookie and Bread Recipe e-Book sent to you with beautiful illustrations and a collection of wonderful, innovative and historic illustrated recipes. The e-book also ships with every cookie press (awarded below) and is delivered via e-mail!

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    OUR CRAZY REWARD -- the Kickstarter instructions say, "Something fun for $10 or less is always a good idea", so here is what we propose: Submit a digital scan of your artwork, a photo or a poem about food, woodcarving, life, or love, to be included in our one and only Kickstarter thank you publication -- call it our Springerle Madness Poetry and the Arts Book! We will publish it as an e-book and send a copy to all of our $10 supporters!

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    A single-cookie sized, carved wooden Springerle Press, approximately 1 1/2”x3”, with your selected design from our catalog patterns with your name on the edge or on the face. Shipping to USA, Europe or Canada included!

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    A two-cookie sized Springerle Press, each of two side-by-side designs sized at approximately 1 1/2”x3” (i.e., 3”x3” combined), with your two selected designs from our catalog patterns, with your name on the edge or on the face -- great for kids names! Shipping to USA, Europe or Canada included!

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    A single-cookie sized, carved wooden Springerle Perss, as above, and your favorite family cookie, bread, muffin, cake or dessert recipe (only "real recipes" will be accepted) to be included in an addendum to the Springerle Cookie and Bread Recipe Book, credited to you and in honor of your family or someone you designate!

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    A four-cookie sized Springerle Press, each of four side-by-side designs sized at approximately 1 1/2”x3” (i.e., 3”x6” combined), with your four selected press designs from our catalog patterns, personalized with your name and a family motto or other phrase along the edges or on the face. Shipping to USA, Europe or Canada included!

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    An eight-cookie sized Springerle Press, each of the eight side-by-side designs at approximately 1 1/2”x3” (i.e., 6”x6” combined), with your eight selected press designs from our catalog patterns, personalized with your name and a family motto or other phrase along the edges or on the face. Shipping to USA, Europe or Canada included!

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    A Large Heirloom Springerle Press, sized at approximately 6”x6”, with your selected design from our catalog, personalized with up to 10 words, a date and/or your family name! Examples might include: “Celebrating the Wedding of Angelica Smith to William Jones / 2012” or “Madison Kerstin Davies / Born April 9, 2011”. Shipping to USA, Europe or Canada included!

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    A Large Heirloom Springerle Press, sized at approximately 6”x6”, with your selected design from our catalog, personalized with up to 10 words, a date and your Family Name, as described above – PLUS a four-cookie Springerle Press along one edge, as described above – total size is 6”x9”. A wonderful cookie press that makes both four small and one large cookie! Shipping to USA, Europe or Canada included!

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    Springerle of the Month Club! Every month, receive a two-cookie Springerle Press, sized at approximately 1 1/2”x3” (i.e., 3”x3” combined). Shipping to USA, Europe or Canada included!

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    Design your own Large Heirloom Springerle Press, sized at approximately 6”x6”! Submit your own draft design and carvers will translate the drawing to the best of our ability into a cookie press that is uniquely and absolutely yours and yours alone! Shipping to USA, Europe or Canada included!

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    A carved wooden Heirloom box that contains a Large Heirloom Springerle Press, sized at approximately 6”x6”, with your selected design from catalog Heirloom patterns, personalized with up to 10 words, a date and your Family Name, as described above – PLUS two sets of four-cookie Springerle Presses, along two edges, as described above – total size is 6”x12”. A wonderful cookie press that makes both eight small and one large cookie! Shipping to USA, Europe or Canada included!

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