Springerle is a traditional Christmas cookie made from a foamy egg dough. These cookies are formed by pressing the dough into a designed mold, which imparts the design onto the cookies. The molded cookies are then dried for up to 24 hours. This allows the design to harden so that it does not "melt" during baking.
The name "Springerle" is derived from the German word "Aufspringen," which means to spring up or to rise. During baking, the Springerle cookie rises to double its original size, creating a base known as the "foot."