Cookie Stamp of German Settlers in Texas
19th century baking tool used to design simple treats
Cookies molded by cookie cutters are a beloved tradition at festive celebrations. This cookie stamp, or mold, was brought to Texas by German immigrants in the 1850s. Using a special cookie dough made with extra eggs, bakers rubbed sugar onto the mold and then pressed it into rolled-out dough. The dough was allowed to set overnight and then baked into the anxiously-awaited imprinted cookies the next day.
Winedale Collection, The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
This artifact is currently on view.