Cinnamon Stars – German Christmas Cookies

Zimtsterne
The quintessential Christmas cookie - crisp, spicy cookies make a perfect snack after a day outdoors. Serve them with big pitchers of mulled wine and hot chocolate.
Course Cookies

Ingredients

  • 14 oz unpeeled almonds 400g
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar plus extra for decoration, 250g
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 280°F.
  • Finely chop or grind almonds (food processor works great). Whip the egg whites in a clean bowl until stiff. Sift the confectioner's sugar and gradually fold it under the egg whites. Reserve and put aside 2 heaped tablespoons of this mixture. Gently stir the almonds and cinnamon into the egg mixture.
  • Sprinkle the work surface with confectioner's sugar. Roll out the mixture to about ¼ inch thick. Cut out cookies using a star cutter and place them on a cookie sheet lined with non-stick parchment paper. Dip the cutter into confectioner's sugar from time to time to stop the mixture from sticking to it. Brush each star with a little of the reserved egg mixture.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes until crisp on the outside.
  • The cookies should still be a little soft in the center.

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