You've been busy; I get it. You meant to have your Springerle neatly packed in silver tins on Thanksgiving weekend, but somehow it's only 4 days until Christmas and you finally have some time this weekend to make them. If you want the traditional flavor anise, as I do, you probably know that aging the cookies will develop the anise flavor.
So here's what you can do: add some extra anise oil and enjoy your Springerle on Christmas Day. I know many of you are using different recipes than mine, so add about 20% more anise oil to your batch. So in a recipe calling for 1/2 teaspoon of anise oil, I would add a scant 1/8 teaspoon of extra oil since 1/8th teaspoon would be 25% of 1/2 teaspoon. Not good with math? Here is a chart with a few measurements and the additional amounts:
1 teaspoon – add scant 1/4 teaspoon
1/2 teaspoon – add scant 1/8 teaspoon
2 teaspoons – add scant 1/2 teaspoon
1 1/2 teaspoons – add scant 1/4 teaspoon and scant 1/8 teaspoon
Don't change the fruit oil (lemon or orange) or nut oil measurements . They will be fine. In fact, I like to enjoy the lemon and orange Springerle right away.
Enjoy the Holidays and a Very Merry Christmas to you!