Well, if you haven't tried Springerle cookies yet, then it's about time you did. For one thing, there's somewhat of a cult surrounding the (sometimes very) expensive cookie molds used to shape these cookies. Collecting these molds, which are made for any occasion, can be habit forming.
For another thing, the cookies themselves are a kitchen chemistry experiment which fascinates this amateur cook. You see, if you dry the cookies before baking, the molded top does not rise with the rest of the dough. Therefore, it retains every detail of the imprint, which is a lot different than your usual sugar cookie cutout which only vaguely resembles its origins.
Also, check out this Flickr Gallery I made of different kinds of Springerle shapes.
Photo © J.McGavin
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