These german cookies, known as ’Zimtsterne’, will make the sweetest handmade Christmas gift. Not only are they adorable, they are really yummy aswell.
Here’s how I made them;
You will need 3 large egg whites,
4 1/2 dl sifted powdered sugar,
7 1/2 dl almond meal
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon,
1 tablespoon vanilla sugar,
& a pinch of salt
Start by preheating the oven to 150 degrees Celsius.
Continue on with beating the egg whites until peaks form [be really careful not to over-beat them, then the frosting/glaze won’t turn out as it should]. Stir in the powdered sugar until combined. Save 2 tablespoons [large ones] of the egg white mixture for the glaze.
Add the nuts, cinnamon, vanilla sugar and salt and beat until the dough comes together and feels kind of stiff. If it’s too soft, add a some more ground nuts and powdered sugar. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more nut flour.
Roll out the dough on a surface dusted with icing sugar, about 1 cm thick. Use a small star cookie cutter to cut out the cookies and transfer them to a lined baking tray.
Put a dollop of the saved egg white mixture on each cookie and spread it in a thin layer, making sure to get it all the way out to the edges.
Next, bake them at the bottom of the oven for 15-20 minutes.
Let the cookies cool completely before putting them in a cute box, preferably an airtight container. They will keep for a couple of weeks if stored in a cool place.