Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to my readers and friends
This is last Christmas bake for this season. I made two cookies, bread and a cake this time. I also spent some time watching Santa dropping presents through Santa tracker along with my kids. For me it is just fantasy, still going through childhood in this wonderful time of the year is somewhat special. My kids are waiting for Santa, as they already told me to keep oatmeal cookies and milk for him. I made that too. This is traditional Christmas cookies from Germany.
After making Vanocka bread I was left with two egg whites. So I decided to use that for making Zimtsterne /Cinnamon Star Cookies, which are classic German Christmas cookies. In Germany they are typically enjoyed during the advent time and every housewife or baker has his or her own favorite recipe.
Cinnamon Star Cookies is a really nice meringue cookie with loads of almonds. Yes it is made with just 6 ingredients, egg white, almond meal, cinnamon, lemon juice and confectioners’ sugar and salt. Actually you are making a royal icing first and then adding the almond meal and cinnamon to it. While reading the recipe I was really skeptical as I read lot of bad vibes about making them as it is so sticky dough.
But I found out that using perfect amount of almond meal and also chilling them in refrigerator for a few hours makes it easy to work with. I end up chilling the dough overnight, as I was not able to make it in evening as planned. Still it turned out really great.
I tried two methods of spreading dough, one spreading the dough on a parchment paper and then place another parchment paper on the top. However that turned out to be difficult for me. So I tried this method where I spread a small piece of dough into ¼ inch thickness round and then using a star cookie cutter cut them and transfer to baking sheet. Make sure you keep the cut outs in the parchment paper and transfer the same parchment paper for baking.
This is delicious chewy nutty cookies you will fell in love with it for sure. Here comes the recipe of Zimtsterne .