Over the weekend my husband and I, along with some friends, visited a little cafe called The Springerle House in Strasburg, PA. These gorgeous little works of art are made on the premises. I could have stared at them for hours. The leaflet that came with the biscuits said that the molds used to make these "came to Lancaster County around 1710 and are among the most treasured possessions of the Pennsylvania German immigrants". I bought some and kept them for nearly a week before I could bring myself to actually eat one. They are not only beautiful, but delicious, especially with a cup of tea. By the way, the shop had a great selection of looseleaf teas as well. If you ever visit the little town of Strasburg, this is a place not to miss.
Here's a close-up of just a few of the many "picture cookies" that The Springerle House has to offer.