Eat like a German - German Recipe:

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Zimtsterne cookies are a very traditional part of the Christmas and Advent offerings to guests in Germany. Cinnamon and almonds taste great together. Many people buy them packaged, but they are easy to make and taste better than the store-bought.

Cinnamon stars are classic German Christmas cookies. They are rolled and cut into star shapes and are traditionally topped with white sugared icing. Unusual about these cookies is that they don't use flour. That makes them a good holiday alternative for anybody with wheat allergies.

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  • 2-1/3 C whole Almonds (app. 2-3/4 C ground) (300g)
  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 1 tsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1 C + 3 Tbsp Sugar (250g)
  • 1 tsp ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla sugar**
  • Powdered Sugar for rolling


Grind the almonds fine. Add the lemon juice to the egg whites and beat egg whites very stiff. Gradually add the sugar, mixing only until the sugar is dissolved. Remove ¾ C of this mixture for the glaze and set it aside. To the remaining mixture, fold in the ground almonds, cinnamon, and the vanilla sugar**. Cover and allow to sit 30 minutes in a cool place.

Heat the oven to 300 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Sift powdered sugar over a working surface. Roll out half the dough to app. ¼” thick, loosening dough as necessary from the surface. Cut into stars, dipping the star cutting shape into powdered sugar as needed. (The traditional shape for these is the 6-pointed star.) Place the stars on the baking sheet and top with the set-aside egg white mixture. Bake stars on the middle and lower rack for 25 minutes (this is more to DRY Them than to bake them!), switching the sheets about halfway through the baking time. Stars are done when they raise themselves slightly from the baking sheet.

Store in an airtight container.

** You can find Vanilla Sugar at certain specialty stores, especially if you live close to a German one! It is also easily made by splitting two vanilla beans in half, lengthwise and kind of digging them into 5 lbs of sugar. Store this in a sealed container to “age” for at least 2 weeks. Keep stored in an air-tight container. Otherwise, you can also substitute 1 tsp Vanilla Flavoring for 1 Tbsp Vanilla Sugar.

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