Springerle mold: "Little Old Auntie" Alti-Tante means Little Old Aunt in Swiss German. She's a character in the Basel Fasnacht--Basel's Mardi Gras. Alti-Tante is meant to mimic old ladies of high society in mid-1800s. The costumes are over the top with "no taste." The costume hat is big & has a flower at the top back. The Alti-Tante mask has a long, carrot-size nose. The character of this cookie mold is playing a drum. Many men dress as Alti-Tante in the parades. From www.springerlejoy.com
Speculaas Cookies by Martha Stewart.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.