Looking for Springerle molds

So the Post-Dispatch recently published a story about Springerle cookies.

I pointed it out to Yoli because I knew she would be interested. How right I was!

The first thing that caught my attention was the recipe’s use of “hartshorn,” which is actually baking ammonia. This is an ingredient that is not cheap or available in every store.

We happen to have some that we bought in Bolivia, because Yoli has some recipes that call for it. Let me tell you, when you bake with ammonia, it will stink up the house. But once the smell dissipates, the cookies or whatever taste great.

Yoli was excited to try the Springerle recipe, but the problem is molds. There is a local artist who hand-carves them. His carvings are amazing, but at $20-30 bucks a pop, it’s a more expensive way to get started than we would like. We are hoping to find used ones at a thrift store or maybe some resin copies … something more affordable.

We did actually come across two Springerle “boards” at 309 Antiques here in Ferguson, but they are $50 each. Apparently, many folks collect these hand-carved molds. Yoli just wants to bake with them.

Anyhow, anyone out there have any local Springerle resources?

About Josh Renaud

I'm the Emperor of the Renaud Empire, which is to say that I'm the husband of a Boliviana and the father of three daughters and one son. When I'm not conquering lands and expanding borders, I'm a newspaper designer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Find me on Twitter (@Kirkman) or Google+.
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2 Responses to Looking for Springerle molds

  1. kmgreenhaw says:

    Hey guys,
    I have seen them on AMAZON for around $5 plus s/h but I have no idea what size you are looking for or how the quality of these compare to the handmade ones you are looking at!
    FYI: they are not sold by Amazon, but rather through Amazon so now discount on shipping for buying $25 worth!

  2. Josh Renaud says:

    Hi Kristy, thanks for the heads-up!
    I think Yoli’s just looking for a regular-cookie size, nothing huge, but also nothing tiny.
    Also, I don’t think we’re looking for super high quality. She is even toying with the idea of using some of Jadzia’s toys to create the impressions. She mainly wants to test the recipe.
    It would be cool if we could find some inexpensive copies of molds or whatever, but we’ll see…

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