I became the Springerle baker in my family when my grandmother, Nini, was no longer able to make the cookies that we all anticipated eagerly every holiday season.
It was difficult to locate a rolling pin or press and supplies. An extensive search finally yielded a machine carved rolling pin, made in China. A local independently owned drug store could supply the key ingredients, hartshorn and anise oil. A Springerle baker blossomed! My parents, brothers, aunts and cousins clamored for Springerle every year and I happily obliged them.
In 1993 I submitted Nini's Springerle recipe to the Chicago Tribune’s annual cookie baking contest and was one of the winning contestants that year. After reading the article, Caroline Kallas, the owner of House on the Hill, contacted me to let me know about the company. I was hooked! I became an avid customer and soon came to love the molds as much as the cookies.
My husband, Steve, and I bought House on the Hill in 2002 and continue the tradition of molded cookie baking for our family and yours. We have always been the manufacturer of our molds and proudly produce them in the United States. Initially, House on the Hill was primarily a phone/mail order business but over the years had transitioned into an online retail business. We now have become a wholesale supplier to other retailers, both brick/mortar and online.
Nothing pleases me more than sharing my knowledge and information about molded cookies and how to bake them. In addition to the information on this web site, I write a blog and teach molded cooking baking classes at many of the retailers that sell our cookie molds.