First Communion Springerle Cookies for a Boy

Phillip, a 7-year old friend of mine celebrated his First Communion in May. I made springerle cookies for the reception as my gift to him. In addition to the religious-themed cookies, Phillip liked:

  • Small animals
  • Vanilla flavor, and
  • White and milk chocolate on the backs of the cookies.

His mom wanted about 50 cookies. I made a half-batch of the Classic Springerle recipe and the yield was over 70. Bonus!

It was fun to go “shopping” in Springerle Joy’s cookie mold room. If you ever take a class in Pittsburgh, you can have a browse, too.

For starters, I knew he loved dogs, went to the beach ever summer, and had a kite in his room. Then I filled in with other small animal molds. All told, I selected 15 small cookie molds:

I made the springerle dough using LorAnn vanilla flavoring oil (2 tsp for a half a batch because the vanilla is weak compared to the fruit flavors). I rolled the dough to 8 mm using our Dough Guides. I dusted the springerle dough and cookie molds with flour and pressed the molds into the dough just enough to fill the springerle mold cavities. Then I used the appropriate cutter to cut out each cookie and removed the cookies to parchment-lined cookie trays.

After air-drying the top sides of the springerle cookies about 8 hours, I flipped the cookies over, dusted them liberally with all-purpose flour, and flipped them back with the molded images facing up. This dusting right before baking prevents the cookies from sticking to the parchment.

I baked the springerle cookies in a 315°F gas oven on the middle rack, one tray at a time. When the bottoms just started to turn a little golden, I removed them from the oven.

The next day, I dusted the excess flour off the springerle cookies and spread melted chocolate on the bottom “feet” which were inset a little from the edges of the cookies. This way, the milk chocolate wouldn’t distract from enjoying the molded designs of the springerle cookies.

The whole process took about 2 ½ hours including clean-up. I highly recommend playing music in the background to enhance the relaxation!

The cookies were a hit not only with Phillip but also with his mom, grandmother and aunt.

Next project—10 dozen heart cookies for a wedding in June. Stay tuned!

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  • LorMay 25, 2017 - 9:47 am

    Oh so very beautiful! Thank you for the detailed information as well.ReplyCancel

  • Robert DarlingMay 25, 2017 - 11:09 am

    Dusting the bottoms of the cookies so they don’t stick (?) seems curious.  In my experience you want the bottoms to settle and slightly adhere to the base so the tops puff highly leaving the little “foot”.  Just fixing the chocolate just to the foot is a good idea.  I’ve never been successful with this – alas.  Like your blog.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie RoeMay 25, 2017 - 11:13 am

    How wonderful to celebrate a first communion with springerle! I have used and especially love “Jesus and the Children” for baptism, first communion, and confirmation celebrations. Blessings for Phillip! Great Job Patrice!ReplyCancel

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