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When imprinting the fragrant spiced cookie dough with springerle molds, stop frequently to clean the patterns with the tip of a skewer. This allows for a better impression in the dough and resulting cookie.

Provided by Martha Stewart

Categories     Food & Cooking     Dessert & Treats Recipes     Cookie Recipes

Yield Makes about 32 cookies

Number Of Ingredients 14

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground mace
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
Pinch of ground cloves
6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/3 cup water
Confectioners' sugar, for surface


  • Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, mace, white pepper, and cloves in a large bowl.
  • Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in half the flour mixture. Beat in water, then remaining flour mixture. Shape into 3 disks. Pat each to a 1-inch thickness, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Dust surface and springerle mold lightly with confectioners' sugar. Roll out dough to a 1/4- to 3/8-inch thickness (deeper molds will need thicker dough). Cut a piece of dough about the size of the mold. Press mold firmly into dough, flip over, and gently roll over dough with a rolling pin. Flip over, and press onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Using a knife, trim excess dough. Gently coax dough out of mold with fingertips and onto a baking sheet. Repeat, spacing cookies 1 inch apart, and placing same-size cookies on same sheet. Freeze until firm, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place 1 sheet of cookies in oven, and immediately reduce temperature to 250. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, until cookies are set and just beginning to turn light gold around edges, 55 to 65 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.

Juhel Ahmed
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These cookies are a bit time-consuming to make, but they're definitely worth it.

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I love the unique flavor of these cookies. They're the perfect holiday treat.

Sumon Mojder
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These cookies are so delicious, I could eat them all day long!

Rithik das
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I would not recommend this recipe to anyone.

Tamer Zohair
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This recipe is a waste of time and ingredients.

Larry Stephens
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I've tried this recipe several times, and I can never get it right.

Leul Keul
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I'm not sure what I did wrong, but my cookies turned out burnt.

p2g Update stutus
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These cookies are way too sweet for my taste.

amber gipson
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I followed the recipe exactly, but my cookies didn't turn out as expected. They were too soft and crumbly.

Shami Ktk
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These cookies are a bit dry, but they're still very tasty.

victoria morgan
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I love the unique flavor of these cookies. They're a nice change from the usual holiday cookies.

Passy Pascaline
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These cookies are a bit time-consuming to make, but they're worth it. They're so flavorful and delicious.

Mary Toto
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I've never made speculaas cookies before, but these were so easy to follow. They turned out great!

Courtney Evans
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These cookies are the perfect holiday treat. They're festive and delicious.

Muhammad Nur Saeed
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I made these cookies for a holiday party, and they were a huge hit. Everyone loved them!

Muna Xoxo
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These cookies are so easy to make, and they're so delicious. I love the combination of spices.

Abir Creation
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I've made these cookies several times now, and they always turn out perfect. They're the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.

Brant Wilson
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These cookies were a hit with my family and friends! They're so flavorful and delicious.