Letter Press(ed) Cookies

Wow, look what I got as an early Christmas present! Of course you could always use your wood type for the same purpose - if you don’t mind that inky aftertaste!

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Oh, that is *very* cool. (I’ll have to get one for my mother-in-law. She’s the cookie baker…) No worries about that inky taste - print with icing! ;)

- Alan

I just happened to run across this sentence in the Wikipedia article on Otto Mergenthaler, who developed the Linotype machine:

Mergenthaler reportedly got the idea for the brass matrices that would serve as molds for the letters from wooden molds used to make “Springerle,” which are German Christmas cookies.


Those metal cutters have that annoying joint where the metal is riveted or soldered together and resulting line discontinuity. I use the plastic ones I find in thrift stores, mounted type high on blocks of chipboard (the layers are spray glued to one another and then trimmed on the cutter. I’ve located several “fonts” of letter shaped cookie (and Jell-o Jiggler) cutters as well as many many shapes.

The print rather well and hold up for many impressions. There is no apparent crushing on the cutter even after 500 impressions.

Cool stuff. Barbara, I love what you did with the cookie cutter moose, as well as the historical reference of Otto’s inspiration. I suspect he was looking for type-related connections in everything he did!

Great experimentation Barbara. Could you turn the cookie upside down and kiss cut it? ;-)

Thanks guys but the moose is not mine. It’s Sabrina‚Äôs from Berlin.