springerle mold is used and the soft, buttery dough is pressed into the mold and lightly lifted out to leave behind the often intricate detail. History has it that men would actually carve their own wooden molds using an image of their profession and then give the cookies to the father of the girl he was interested in marrying. There's nothing like a cookie with a nice historical tradition, and even better: a cookie that's easy to whip up that will make the house smell heavenly. I'm sold already.
What are your favorite holiday cookie recipes?Get the Recipe: Speculaas Cookies - Martha Stewart Related: Molasses Spice Cookies with Orange Sugar (Image: Martha Stewart and Flickr via zoyachubby)