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. Please see a list of our current retailers.
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 springlerecookies.com and teach molded cooking baking classes at many of the retailers that sell our cookie molds.
About our cookie molds
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 and are as old as 500 years. The “picture” cookies cast from these molds were used to tell stories visually when most people were unable to read or write. They celebrate weddings, births, victories, and holidays. Today contemporary methods have enabled us to replicate these historic molds and produce copies for your enjoyment and use.
Made in the USA
Individually hand cast and hand finished
Made of resin and wood composite
House on the Hill cookie molds are made of a resin and wood composite. Each mold is individually hand cast and carefully hand finished. Most of our molds are replicas of antique carvings, some dating as far back as the 1600’s. Since the original carvings had imperfections such as surface cracks and worm holes, our replicas will mimic these characteristics which are not flaws. They add a sense of authenticity and charm to our cookie molds.
House on the Hill has also created original cookie molds, designed and carved in a traditional style to its product selection.