Zimtstern (Cinnamon Stars)

These traditional German holiday cookies are cut into star shapes, and then topped with a meringue icing and slivered almonds
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Cinnamon star cookies

Food Hunter's Guide

These traditional German holiday cookies are cut into star shapes, and then topped with a meringue icing and slivered almonds. — Angela Carlos

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Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 3/4 Cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 10.5 Ounces ground almonds or almond meal

Directions

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.

Separate the egg whites from the yolk.

Beat the whites until hard. Slowly add the sifted powdered sugar and continue to beat until you have a nice creamy consistency. 

Put about 5 tablespoons of the mixture in a separate bowl (this will be your glaze). 

Now add the vanilla sugar, cinnamon and almond meal. Depending on how sticky the dough gets you may not need to add all of the almond meal. It's best to mix the dough with your dough hooks or hands.

Dust your workspace with powdered sugar and roll out the dough about a third to half inch thick. Cut out the stars place them on a nonstick baking sheet and glaze them. 

Bake at 250 degrees F for 25 minutes. 

Cinnamon Shopping Tip

Spices and dried herbs have a shelf life too, and lose potency over time. The rule of thumb is, if your spices are over two years old, it's time to buy some new ones.

Cinnamon Cooking Tip

Toasting whole spices before using them intensifies their aroma and flavor.