Zimtstern or Christmas Cinnamon Stars

Thanksgiving is over! I couldn’t wait to start publishing Christmas recipes!

Have you ever heard of Zimtstern ? If no, this is the original German name for those cute little white cinnamon stars. They became an essential Christmas cookie in Europe and because they are my all-time favorite Holiday treats, they do deserve an article for you to read.


Now, it’s very important for me to tell you the truth: This is NOT an easy recipe. You might struggle a little but I promise it is well worth it. Do not capitulate! Your friends and family will love you for those cookies. Do not start this recipe thinking 1h30 will be enough because it simply won’t. Put some Christmas songs in the background (I like Spotify’s playlist called “Christmas Pop“), open some little snacks and start baking. Are you ready to produce the best Christmas cookies ever ? LET’S GET STARTED!!

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  • 320g of flour, (a little over 11oz.)
  • 400g of almond powder (14 oz)
  • 120g of sugar (a little over 4 oz.)
  • 200g of icing sugar (7 oz)
  • 6 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 5 egg whites
For the icing:
  • 300g of icing sugar  (11 oz.)
  • 2 egg whites

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  1. Blend the almond powder, sugars, cinnamon and flour in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the egg whites and mix.
  3. Cover the dough and let it rest in the fridge for about an hour.
  4. Relax and watch a few episodes of The Office (U.S.).
  5. Preheat the oven for 305°F/150°C.
  6. Sprinkle a surface with icing sugar and roll the dough to approximately 5 mm.
  7. With a star shaped cookie cutter, cut as much stars as you can/want.
  8. Put the stars on a baking sheet.
  9. Cook in the oven for 7min.
  10. Let the cookies cool down.

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For the icing:

  1. Separate egg yolks from whites and beat whites until stiff peaks form.
  2. Slowly sift add the icing sugar and then beat until getting a thick white icing.
  3. With a cooking brush, Brush the cookies with icing.
  4. Let the icing rest for at least 20min.

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  • You can conserve the cookies for 1 month in airtight tins
  • They are perfect for sharing and gifting, although you might want to keep them all for yourself..

Did you make this recipe ?

Let me know how it turned out for you!

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3 thoughts on “Zimtstern or Christmas Cinnamon Stars

  1. I swear food that is prepared by hands taste better & if those hands impart some TLC,the food is that much tastier!

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  2. These are so so pretty and festive!! We have an Austrian Christmas book about a little mouse who makes cinnamon star cookies– so these look oddly familiar!! Beautiful photos! thanks!

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