My rolling pin belonged to my grandmother. She used it herself to bake Springerle but only at Christmastime. The little cookies are hard and can be painted. To us they then look like small pieces of art from the cooks. My grandmother’s name was Anna Ostkirchen (birth name Kattausch) and was born in Mainz. The name of my grandfather was Bernhard Ostkirchen, he was born in Münster /Westfalen. His job was that of a chemist in the pharmacy shop. The name of the shop was " Adler". He had 3 children, one son Ferdinand died, his daughter Marie-Luise (my mam) born 14.05.1917 and the second son Karl. He began to study medicine but he died in the II WW with 22 years in Russia.
Springerle were baked only at Christmastime. They are some kind of Spekualtius which are much bigger. Springerle are always very tiny.
Best regards, Bettina Kuechler