The Springerle Series: Chocolate and Fondant Cookie Toppers


Guest Post by Fancy Flours Employee Lindsey K.

Welcome back to the third installment of our Springerle Series! This post will cover three mediums that you can use to top cookies in beautiful molded designs – modeling chocolate, fondant and marzipan. This is a super quick and easy way to take your cookies to the next level for wedding favors, birthdays, holiday gifts or just a sweet treat for a special someone.

If you missed our previous posts on how to craft with Springerle molds, see them here: Casting and Papercasting. As a quick review, Springerle cookies have been used to depict everything from biblical images to daily life since the 16th century. While the molds were originally used to make dense, cake-like cookies (see our recipe here!), they have advanced to be useful in crafting as well.

Our molds are made by House on the Hill of an heirloom quality wood and composite mix. Most of their images are casts of vintage molds and others are of their own design.

Before making our toppers for this tutorial, we pre-made cookies using our Gingerbread recipe. This recipe is fabulous for not only its taste, but for holding its shape. You could also use our No-Fail Sugar Cookie Recipe. We took note of the sizes of our molds and used cutters to make cookies just slightly larger.

We also pre-made our modeling chocolate, which is a surprisingly simple recipe from House on the Hill. You can also buy chocolate-flavored, white or colored fondant at most craft and baking stores. Or if you prefer to make your own, here’s a recipe from Allrecipes! And for you sweet almond lovers, you can simply use Marzipan from your grocery store.

I will show images using both the modeling chocolate (in brown) and fondant (in white). If you choose to use marzipan, you will follow the fondant instructions.

Ingredients/ Utensils

  • Modeling chocolate, fondant or marzipan
  • Cocoa powder (if using modeling chocolate)
  • Powdered sugar (if using fondant or marzipan)
  • Corn Syrup
  • Springerle mold
  • Cookies cut and baked in the shape of your mold
  • 2 Pastry brushes
  • Spatula
  • Small dish (for cocoa powder or powdered sugar)
  • Cooling rack (if using modeling chocolate)
  • Pastry prep mat (optional)
  • Luster or disco dust (optional)
  • Small food-safe paint brush (optional)


1. Workspace prep: On a flat surface, lay down your Pastry Prep Mat or wax paper to protect your surface and keep your area clean. Fill a small dish with your dusting powder (either cocoa or powdered sugar) and set near your pastry mat with a clean, dry pastry brush. Set your modeling chocolate, fondant or marzipan in a bowl near your space for easy access. Set out your cooling racks if using modeling chocolate.


2. Dip your pastry brush in cocoa (for chocolate) or powdered sugar (for fondant or marzipan) and dust your Springerle mold so it has an thick, even coating throughout the design. The pastry brush is great for this as it won’t clog up the deeper areas.

3. Lay your dusted mold face up on your pastry mat. Pull a ball of your topper medium from the bowl. It will need to be enough to fill the mold and a little extra to go over the edges.

Fancy tip: Your modeling chocolate should be the consistency of Play-Doh or perhaps even a touch harder. If it seems too soft or is sticking in your mold, flatten the ball into a pancake and refrigerate for 5-10 minutes.


4. Using your hands, press your medium into the mold. Be sure to push firmly to fill the deeper parts of the design.

5. When you feel the mold is adequately filled, flatten the back of your medium with a spatula. Press the topping to be quite thin unless you love a lot of chocolate or fondant on your cookies.🙂

Fancy tip: If your spatula is sticking to your chocolate or fondant, dust with cocoa or powdered sugar, respectively.

6. Turn your Springerle mold upside down with your medium still in it. Use gravity (and some light taps on the table) to release it. Release time may be longer for deeper molds.

7. Trim any extra with a knife or spatula and return to your bowl for re-use. You could also use a cookie cutter sized to your mold (we have many available here).


8. For modeling chocolate only: Set your finished topper on a cooling rack to dry until firm (approximately 2 hours). You can make these ahead of time and keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.


9. Repeat steps 2-8 for as many toppers as you need. Be sure to dust the mold before every press for all options.


10. To adhere the toppers to your cookies, brush a thin layer of corn syrup on the back of your topper and set on your cookie. Let dry for at least 10 minutes.

11. For a fancy touch, “paint” your topper with luster dust. You will not need to mix the luster dust with anything for this project. It should stick directly onto your medium. We used Super Green and Old Gold. See all our Luster and Disco Dust colors here!


Display in a cute container for decoration or wrap in a simple polypropylene bag with a ribbon to hand out to friends and family. To create the snow effect on our Pinewood Cabin cookie, I dusted it with powdered sugar instead of the cocoa.


Molds shown in this tutorial are Tree on Table, Monogram F, Pinewood Cabin and Snowman.


We would love to see your projects. What did you make your toppers for? Show us in the comments or send an email to!

4 Ways to Use Color Swirl

We wanted to share with you some fun ways to use our ColorSwirl Decorating Set. This tool comes in handy when you want to use more than one color in your dessert decorating.


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Learn how to make colorful Spritz cookies using the ColorSwirl Decorating Set! These cookies are great for holidays, school sports or even weddings.


  • 3 food colors of your choice
  • ColorSwirl Decorating Set
  • 6 tablespoons of milk
  • medium cookie sheet
  • Spritz Cookie Recipe – see below


  1. Prepare dough following recipe below, adding milk to help thin the dough.
  2. Divide the dough equally among 3 bowls. Tint with colors of your choosing.
  3. Prepare decorating bags with couplers. Fill separately with colored dough. Assemble the 3-Color Coupler with tip 1A. Pipe swirls and dots on your cookie sheet. Bake and cool following recipe.


Classic Spritz Cookie Recipe 


  • 1/2 teaspoon no-color almond extract
  • 2 oz. clear vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups butter (softened)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk, vanilla and almond extract; mix well. Gradually add  flour mixture to butter  mixture; beat until combined. Do not chill. Fill cookie press with dough and with desired disks, press cookies onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet on cooling rack. Remove from sheet; cool completely.




The ColorSwirl Decorating Set is great for making cupcakes that show off your team spirit! Just tint the icing to match your team colors. What color combo will you choose?



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Learn how to make meringue cookies with the ColorSwirl Decorating Set, you can mix and match colors to best suit your occasion. Easy to make and fun to eat!




  1. Preheat oven to 250ºF.
  2. In a large bowl, combine meringue powder, water and 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon of the sugar.
  3. Whip at high speed for 5 minutes. Gradually add the rest of the sugar and whip at high speed for 5 more minutes until meringue is stiff and dry.
  4. Prepare three separate batches meringue batter. Tint batches separately.
  5. Prepare decorating bags with couplers. Fill separately with tinted and white batter. Assemble 3-Color Coupler with tip 1M. Pipe stars on parchment-lined cookie sheet. Switch to tip 1A; pipe pulled up dots on prepared cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes (or until cracked), turn off oven and let sit at least an hour.



What a fun way to use the ColorSwirl Decorating Set! Top your chocolate treats with 3 different chocolate mousse flavors to switch things up.




  1. Prepare mousse recipes following recipe instructions.
  2. Prepare decorating bags with couplers. Fill separately with white and chocolate mousses. Assemble 3-Color Coupler with tip 1M. Fill molds with mousse, piping swirl on top.

Need some help getting set up? This video will show you just how to put the Color Swirl coupler together:


Recipes, photos & tutorials thanks to Wilton!

Piñata Cake

piñata cake This is our new favorite cake idea!  The Piñata Cake is so versatile and easy, you can use it for a number of different occasions.  The best part about this cake is the hidden surprise inside!  With the hollow center you can fill it with M & M’s, other various candy, fresh berries or even ice cream!  You can find this trend setting Piñata Cake Pan at Fancy Flours!


Monster Treats

Monsters-UniversityMonsters University will be hitting theaters June 21 and we thought it that was a good excuse to throw a party with cute monster treats!  So in anticipation for the release of Monsters University, we decided it would be fun to share with you some fun monster treat ideas!


Cloud Frosting + Champagne Cake Recipe

The cloud cake is the next ruffle cake!!! And why not?!  It is a super cute and super easy way to frost a cake!  We found this great step-by-step Cloud Cake Frosting tutorial from Annies Eats.  Follow the link if you would like to see images of the entire process.