Zimtsterne (Cinnamon Stars) Cookie

Why you should make this recipe:

The cinnamon star arrives during the Christmas holiday season Made with almonds and cinnamon, these little stars are full of flavor. Back in the 1600s, cinnamon in Europe was expensive and a rare spice and almonds had to be imported. Food items such as these were usually considered reserved for royalty. Since cinnamon and almonds were expensive and scarce, this helps offer a reason as to why these two staples were only enjoyed one time a year at special occasions like Christmas. 

Ingredients

  • Egg white of 2 large eggs
  • Lemon juice – 1 tsp
  • Lemon zest –  1 lemon
  • Icing sugar – 1 cup , plus extra for dusting
  • Ground almond – 1 ¼ cup
  • Ground cinnamon – 2 tsp
    ground ginger – 1 tsp 

Method

  • Heat oven to 150 C and line a large baking tray with baking parchment.
  • Place the egg whites in a large bowl and use an electric mixer to whisk until foamy.
  • Add the lemon juice and whisk again until they hold soft peaks.
  • Slowly mix in the icing sugar and continue whisking until the mixture is stiff.
  • Remove about a quarter of the meringue mixture and set aside to use for the topping.
  • Put the ground almonds, cinnamon, ginger and lemon zest in the bowl with the meringue and mix to form stiff, slightly sticky dough.
  • To form the stars, put the dough on a piece of baking parchment lightly dusted with icing sugar and dust the top of the dough with sugar, too. Place a second sheet of parchment on top of the dough and roll out to about 0.5cm thick (the dough is a little sticky, so the parchment makes it easier to roll).
  • Peel off the top sheet of parchment and use a 5cm star-shaped cutter to cut out as many cookies as possible.
  • Place them on your prepared baking tray.
  •  Using the reserved meringue mixture, spread a small amount onto the top of each cookie, covering the entire top – you may need to add a few drops of water to make the meringue a little easier to spread.
  • Put the tray in the oven and bake for 12-15 mins until meringue is set but not browned.
  • Allow to cool fully before storing in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.

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