Happy Saturday! The first time I ate these cookies was two years ago when I went to Trader Joe’s and I saw a whole display of German cookies. These ones caught my eye because they came in a nice box and i love star-shape cookies. When I went home and tried some, I fell in love with these cookies. They were perfect: chewy, spice, almonds, nice sweet icing. Also I found them very intriguing because they didn’t list flour as one of their ingredients.
I read many recipes for these cookies, all had different information. So, I decided to send a message to a friend who lives in Germany and asked if she knew about these cookies and she gave me some ideas of how people really make them in Germany. After 2 years of testing, here is my recipe for Zimtsterne.
An important thing to say is that these cookies are usually made with something called Vanillezucker(cinnamon sugar). I didn’t use that because I had this wonderful cinnamon vanilla sugar that McCormick gifted to me, and it worked very well. Also, these cookies are baked after you put the icing on them.
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Let’s start with the recipe.
Yield about 24 cookies
3 large egg whites (room temperature)
1 and 3/4 cup of powdered sugar (sifted)
3 cups non-blanched almond meal
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla cinnamon sugar (https://www.mccormick.com/spices-and-flavors/herbs-and-spices/blends/vanilla-cinnamon-naturally-flavored-sugar-and-spice-blend)
1/8 teaspoon salt
For the cookie
1.- In a bowl mix almond meal, cinnamon, salt and vanilla sugar. Set aside.
2.- In mixing bowl, whisk eggs whites until foamy. Add in powdered sugar. Mix for about 7 minutes until glossy and stiff.
3.- From this egg white mixture. Set aside about 3/4 cup. This will be used for the icing.
4.- Add dry ingredients to the egg whites mixture and fold it very nicely with a spatula. The dough will be very sticky. At this point you will cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for about 30-45 minutes.
5.- Sprinkle some granulated sugar on a non-stick surface and roll the dough about 1/4 inch thick. I used a 1 1/2 inch star cookie cutter to cut out the cookies. You can use a bigger one if you want to. Transfer cookies to a baking sheet that should lined with parchment paper.
Tip: Dust the cookie cutter with granulated sugar after each cut so the cuts you make are better and clean.
For the icing
1.- Preheat oven 300 F.
2.- Using a toothpick spread the reserved egg white mixture in a thin layer on the top of each cookie. Extend the glaze out to the edges of the cookies.
3.- Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let the cookies cool completely. The cookies can be stored in a dry, airtight container in a cool place for at least 2 weeks.