Pastel Valentines Springerle

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How do you get pastel food color gels? Did you know that there are white food color gels? When you are mixing food color into white frosting, you add small amounts for pastels and larger amounts to get more intense color. So if you want to paint cookies, to get a pastel gel paint, you mix color gels into white gel paste.

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Of course you will need some cookies to use as your canvas. The raised designs of a Springerle cookie are somewhat like a coloring book…you pick your color and start painting one of the elements.

Yes, you can use this paint on cut out sugar cookies too. You can paint names on hearts or draw shapes on a sugar cookie with these paints.

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To create the pastel colors, you will need white gel food coloring and some colored gel. I used just 4 colors: deep pink, royal blue, leaf green and lemon yellow. I used Spectrum gels from Ateco as shown above. Another brand you might look for is Americolor. Check the cake decorating department in your local Hobby Lobby or Michael’s.

Also these gel colors do not mix with water, so use triple sec to thin the gel and to clean your brushes.

You will also need some brushes dedicated to food use; artist brushes are best. (Clean with triple sec and then soap and water when you are finished painting your cookies.)

Have some paper towels or soft rags handy too. The rags will be ruined, so I cut small pieces of old white tee shirts and toss them when I am finished painting my cookies.

You will need some waterproof paper plates to use as your palette.


Don’t use a patterned or colored plate as it will be hard to see the colors you are mixing. Use a white plate!

Squeeze out a dollop of each color you have selected and some larger dollops of white. Start adding some colors with a toothpick or popsicle stick until you like the color. You can also use a palette knife if you have one. A palette knife makes it easier to mix.

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After you are happy with one color, move on to you next color. I made a pink, then a blue, then a lavender by mixing some blue and pink, and then a green. I thought the green to be a too alarmingly bright green, so added a tiny bit of the pink and a tiny bit of the yellow to dull the green. Then, I mixed some of the green and blue tints to make aqua. Later I made some pastel yellow to add to the flowers.

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If you want to keep it simple, choose just 2 or 3 colors and some cookies that are less complicated. Below, I painted just the hearts and their borders on the small rectangular cookies made with Hearts United and just the single image on the Fleur de Lis cookie. Use a Fleur de lis or a flower motif, paint it pink and yes, it is a valentine!

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This is a creative way to spend a cold February afternoon or evening. Also, the usual cold dry weather of early February is great for making Springerle (they dry beautifully) and for baking of any kind!

Happy Baking!

Tutorial and images from House on the Hill!

100+ Springerle Molds Now Available!

Springerle Cookie Molds

Fancy Flours is pleased to announce that we now carry over 100 House on the Hill Springerle Cookie Molds! See all of the molds HERE.

Springerle CookiesThese molds are designed for making pressed cookies, springerle cookies or paper crafting projects. Besides baking cookies, you can form beautiful, edible, sweets using marzipan, fondant and modeling chocolate.

Springerle Cookie Mold

Crafters, artisans and scrap bookers will find infinite ways of creating cards, wall art, gift bags, ornaments, and charms with these molds. Beautiful as decorating accessories, the cookie molds can be hung on a wall, displayed on a plate rack or table top easel. Learn how to make some Springerle Mold crafts. Download our instruction sheets for free and enjoy!

Springerle Cookie Mold

House on the Hill Cookie Molds allow all of us to bake beautiful cookies that are reminiscent of family, history, tradition and culture. Many of the original molds are “presses,” now in museums and private collections, were carved in clay, wood or metal. Simpler Times Cookie Mold available HERE.

Springerle Mold

House on the Hill Cookie Molds are made of a resin and wood composite. Each mold is individually hand cast and carefully hand finished. Double Acorn Mold available HERE.

Springerle Monogram Molds

Create lovely cookies or wedding day crafts with these heirloom quality Monogram Cookie Molds, made of a resin/wood composite. Think fondant, petite fours, gift tags, cards and party favors! Each mold is 3.375” x 3.75” with monogram and scroll border.

Springerle Cookie Recipe from House on the Hill

These whisked-egg holiday cookies date back to at least the 1600’s and are made in Bavaria, Switzerland and the Alsace area of France. For eating quality, ease and quality of prints this recipe is just perfection!

What you’ll need:
– 1/2 teaspoon baker’s ammonia (Hartshorn) or baking powder
– 2 tablespoons milk
– 6 large eggs, room temperature
– 6 cups powdered sugar (1 1/2 #)
– 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened but not melted
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 teaspoon of anise (if substituting fruit flavored oils, use 3 teaspoons)
– 2 lb. box sifted cake flour (Swansdown or Softasilk)
– grated rind of orange or lemon – optional (enhances flavor of the traditional anise or the citrus flavors)
– more flour as needed

Instructions:
Dissolve hartshorn in milk and set aside. Beat eggs till thick and lemon-colored (10-20 minutes). Slowly beat in the powdered sugar, then the softened butter. Add the hartshorn and milk, salt, preferred flavoring, and grated rind of lemon or orange, if desired. Gradually beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer, then stir in the remainder of the 2 lbs. of flour to make stiff dough. Turn onto floured surface and knead in enough flour to make a good print without sticking. Follow general directions for imprinting and drying cookies.

Bake on greased or baker’s parchment-lined cookie sheets at 255° to 325° till barely golden on the bottom, 10-15 minutes or more, depending on size of cookie.

Store in airtight containers or in zipper bags in the freezer. They keep for months, and improve with age. Yield 3 to 12 dozen.

Springerle Cookie Molds

Get the Gingerbread Springerle Cookie Recipe HERE!