is a type of cookie
with an embossed design made by pressing a mold
onto rolled dough and allowing the impression to dry before cooking. The cookies are traditionally white and anise
-flavored. They are also unusual in that they use hartshorn
as a leavening agent.
Molds are traditionally carved from wood, although plastic molds are also available. The name springerle means "little knights," and their origin can be traced back to the 14th century.