Zimtsterne Recipe – Traditional German Cinnamon Cookies

One year living in Berlin opened my mind and taste buds into an amazing amount of new dishes. I have previously talked about my love of Christmas markets whilst in Europe, but if there is another thing that I love about this time of year are the sweets.

Zimtsterne or Cinnamon Stars cookies are traditional German cookies that can be found around the Christmas months. They are a mix of almond and cinnamon cookies with a sweet frosting.

So without further ado, cue the recipe…

  • 4 egg whites
  • 390 grams powdered sugar, about 3 1/2 cups
  • 400 grams raw almond meal, about 4 cups (you can make you own by blending almonds into fine flour)
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 oz. Kirschwasser (optional)
  1. Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, beating for 1 minute between each addition. Continue beating for 5 minutes after the last addition.

  2. Remove 1/2 cup of meringue and set aside for icing.

  3. Fold in the raw almond meal and the cinnamon.  And the Kirschwasser if you are using it.

  4. Chill the dough for about 1 hour.

  5. Using powdered sugar on a clean countertop, pat the dough into a square and roll out to 1 centimeter thick. Cut out stars with a cookie cutter. Place stars on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

  6. Cutting out the stars is a sticky process. Wash off the cookie cutter as often as necessary to achieve sharp star points.

  7. Brush or spread the icing on each star, working it out to all the points.

  8. Let the stars dry overnight (about 24 hours, if you can)

  9. The next day, heat the oven to 165°C. Bake each tray for 10-15 minutes. This is to dry out the cookies a little more and bake the egg whites.

Have you ever tried this cookies? Let me know how the turned up in the comments if you do.

Until next time .- Jules

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