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Mmh, lecker!*

Evansville resident shares her favorite holiday cookie with friends, family, and the community
Teresa Alexander is especially attached to her mother’s red and white bowl and uses it to form the batter for her springerles.

Teresa Alexander doesn’t need Christmas music or an Advent calendar to bake springerles. This Evansville resident, whose father inspired her love for baking, creates the traditional, anise-flavored German cookies year-round for friends, family, craft shows, and herself. And she’s been doing it for 30 years.

“It’s sort of an addictive taste,” she says of the cookie, which takes time to produce. The dough must first sit overnight before a mold or roller with an embossed design is pressed onto it. The dough then air dries before it is baked in the oven. After it’s removed from the oven, it again sits to air dry. Alexander’s springerles have a variety of embossed designs, including flowers, birds, cranes, squirrels, and other elements from nature.

Over the years, Alexander has perfected her springerle baking technique. Her key baking tool is also a sentimental good luck charm: a mixing bowl. Alexander’s mother received the white bowl with big, red polka dots as a wedding gift 60 years ago. The bowl means a lot to Alexander; it is the only remaining item of her mother’s after a devastating fire. Alexander whips up every batch of cookies in this special bowl.

Alexander moved back to her hometown of Evansville and now lives on the northeast side of Vanderburgh County after spending 10 years in Asheville, N.C. She will be selling her delicious springerles at upcoming craft shows and takes special orders. Most of her cookies are baked to give away to family and friends.

“They are a traditional cookie that you cannot find in a grocery store,” she says. The fact that they are unique and hard to find is the reason Alexander loves being able to bake and share the springerles, but not as much as she loves enjoying the delicious, one-of-a-kind cookies herself.

For more information or to order springerle cookies, email Alexander at farmhousespringerles@gmail.com. *Ooh Delicious

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