Tested till perfect Cinnamon Star Cookies
Cinnamon Star Cookies
Photography by Genia Shapira

Cinnamon Star Cookies

These crisp star-shaped cookies, or zimtsterne, are a tradition during the German festive season. Since the dough is sticky, it takes a little more effort than regular rolled cookies, but the results are well worth it

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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  • Portion size 48


  • 2-1/2 cups 2-1/2cupshazelnuthazelnuts or walnuts
  • 3 3egg whiteegg whites
  • 1 pinch 1pinchsalt
  • 1 pinch 1pinchcream of tartar
  • 1-1/2 cups 1-1/2cupsgranulated sugar
  • 2 tsp 2tspcinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspvanilla
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Line 2 rimless baking sheets with parchment paper or grease; set aside.

In food processor, pulse nuts until coarsely ground; transfer to large bowl.

In separate bowl, beat egg whites until frothy; beat in salt and cream of tartar. Beat in 1 cup (250 mL) of the sugar, 2 tbsp (25 mL) at a time, until stiff glossy peaks form, about 5 minutes. Beat in cinnamon and vanilla.

Remove 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the meringue; cover and refrigerate for topping. Stir remaining meringue into ground nuts to form sticky dough; cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or for up to 6 hours.

Sprinkle work surface generously with some of the remaining sugar. Working with one-third of the dough at a time, place on work surface and sprinkle generously with some of the sugar. Dampen rolling pin with moist towel.

Roll out dough to scant 1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness, remoistening pin whenever lifted. Using 2-inch (5 cm) star-shaped cookie cutter, cut out shapes; with lifter, place on prepared pans.

With small palette knife or brush, gently spread 2 tsp (10 mL) of the reserved meringue topping over each cookie. Bake in centre of 300?F (150?C) oven until crisp, about 30 minutes. Transfer to racks and let cool. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 1 week.)

Nutritional Information Per cookie: about

cal 69 pro 1g total fat 4g sat. fat 0
carb 7g fibre 1g chol 0mg sodium 3mg

% RDI:

calcium 1 iron 3 folate 4
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