House on the Hill in Elmhurst, IL sells springerle cookie molds, well over 500 of them, along with baking and crafting supplies. This is the go-to resource for replicas of the beautiful embossing tools that date back to the 1700s. Designed for use specifically with springerle or gingerbread dough, these molds also work well in the service of cake decorating. Here’s a Valentine’s Day themed cupcake using pink fondant with the Double Rose mold ($34.50) from House on the Hill.
Any purchase over $35 comes with a handy little recipe book called “Too Pretty To Eat” in reference to the delicate, food-as-art feeling of springerle cookies. There are recipes for chocolate and peanut butter fondant, marzipan, which can easily be colored with food gels, also sold at House on the Hill, and of course, several variations of cookies in the springerle, gingerbread and short bread genres.
Cookies in another romance theme can easily be baked and stacked up in a clear container, presented with a bow and good wishes for a delightful Valentine’s gift. These cookies have use the Amo Te heart mold from House on the Hill, which retails for $26.50.
And here’s the same mold used with fondant to create a clever cupcake topper. The fondant can easily be adhere to the cupcake top with a dab of icing.
Bakerella, one of my favorite blogs, did a piece on cookie molds just about this time last year featuring these same molds from House on the Hill, even creating adorable cookie toppers by adhering the fondant embossings onto same shape sugar cookies.
With our below freezing weather in New Jersey, I am still in my gingerbread making mode. Here’s a platter of both gingerbread and springerle cookies using House on the Hill’s Baroque Owl mold, $25.50.
House on the Hill molds can be purchased in selected gourmet retailers across the country. The largest selection though is available on the website, www.houseonthehill.net. Be sure to check the company’s News & Events page for workshops in Elmhurst, IL and around the country. Owner Connie Meisinger, a 4th generation springerle baker, travels to gourmet retailers to educate people about the magic of baking (and crafting) with her springerle molds. The website features a slow-paced, tip loaded video by the owner on preparing springerle dough and working with the molds.
To reach House on the Hill by phone, call 877-279-4455. To read Connie’s blog, click here.