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German Zimtsterne

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  • Brief Description

    "Zimtsterne" cookies are a very traditional part of the Christmas and Advent offerings to guests in Germany. Cinnamon and almonds taste great together. Many people buy them packaged, but they are easy to make and taste better than the store-bought. As described by: https://www.thespruceeats.com/german-cinnamon-star-cookies-christmas-1446609 It hasn't always been associated with Christmas and date back to the 1500's. My Germerican family usually sees Zimtsterne (aka Cinnamon stars) as the German version of Gingerbread because we ice them like we would Gingerbread cookies. Making them from scratch with this recipe has changed my 100% German mom's mind, so this recipe makes a big difference!"

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  • Category:  Cookies and Brownies

  • Cuisine:  German

  • Prep Time:  6 min(s)

  • Cook Time:  8 min(s)

  • Recipe Type:  Public

  • Source:

    Juliana Kreuscher

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  • Notes:

    The prep time includes the 6 hour resting time for the dough. Depending on your dough and icing creation skill level it will take you approximately 25-45 minutes to complete both the dough and icing. It may be best to start this the night before or the morning before you want to bake so the dough has had enough time to rest.

  • Posted By:  SoCosRecipeBook

  • Posted On:  Jan 20, 2022

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Number of Servings:


  1. 400 grams - Almonds
  2. 390 grams - Sugar
  3. 3 - Egg Whites
  4. 12 grams - Cinnamon (Ceylon Cinnamon preferred)
  5. 2 - Egg Whites
  6. 250 grams - Confectioners Sugar or 5 times the wight of the egg whites for a perfect result


"Making the Dough:
Put all dough ingredients into a large bowl.
Mix the ingredients by hand or mixer until you have a nice dough.
Shape the dough into a somewhat flat rectangular shape, cover it (i.e. with beeswax cloth in silicone bag or container) and put it into the fridge.
Let the dough rest for at least 6 hours or overnight, then continue with making the icing.

Make the Royal Icing:
Prepare the icing: For a perfect icing, weigh the egg whites and use 5 times this weight for the confectioner's sugar.
Start by mixing the egg whites.
When the egg whites are fluffy and shiny, add ⅓ of the confectioner's sugar and mix.
Repeat until the entire sugar is in the icing.
Put the icing in a bag, ideally a piping bag, but ziploc works!

NOTE: if the icing dries too quickly just wet your finger or just add a small amount of water to make it liquid again

Take the dough out and roll out to about 1/4 in thick slab and cut into whatever shape (small stars is the traditional shape)
Ice the cookies however you'd like, traditionally it's a flat layer/finish that covers every edge

*Optional* Leave the cut cookies out to dry for 2 hours before baking (my family skips this to get more moist cookies)

Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F (a little lower than in the video) and bake for about 8 minutes. Try to set the cookies on the lowest shelf so as not to burn the royal icing so quickly
You know that the cinnamon stars are ready when you can lift them from the baking sheet.
Don't let the royal icing bake to a tan.
Let the cookies cool, then store them in an airtight container."


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