Christmas treats

Zimtsterne-1

The ingredients before the start

Yay I am back! At least until next Saturday when I will leave for Hamburg 😉 Today I want to show you my Christmas treats. While preparing for a presentation at a Symposium over the last weeks (I gave it Thursday and it went well) I had to calm down in between and decided to bake. I made a traditional German Christmas cookie called “Zimtsterne”, which means as much as Cinnamon stars.

I will show you some picture of the process and I will also post the recipe here. I originally got it from a German recipe site over here but I will do an English translation.

Ingredients (for about 60 cookies depending on the size of your star):

For the dough:
500 g Almonds (ground)
300 g Powdered sugar
2 Ts Cinnamon
2 Egg white
2 Tbs Almond liquor (Amaretto)
Additional powdered sugar for the working space
 For the icing
1 Egg white
125 g Powdered sugar

Instructions:

Mix almonds, powdered sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Add the two egg whites and the almond liquor and mix everything with an electric mixer with dough hooks. Finish by kneading it to a smooth dough with your hands.

Dough ready to be processed

Dough ready to be processed

Put some powdered sugar on the work space and roll out the dough into an approximately 1 cm high surface. Cut out stars with a cookie cutter (If you want to be original use a star but you can also use whatever you prefer) and place them on a baking tray equipped with baking paper. While cutting dip the cookie cutter in powdered sugar every now and then to avoid the dough sticking to it.

For the icing take the last egg white and beat it until it is really stiff. Slowly add the powdered sugar while continuing the mixing. Put the icing on top of the stars (be careful here to be really precis as the star form can get lost if you just add the icing.

Pre-heat the oven to 150 degrees Celcius (If you are in the US Google tells me that is about 300 degrees Fahrenheit) and bake the cookies for about 10-15 minutes in the lower part of the oven.

Attention: This cookies are suppose to be still soft when you take them out of the oven and the most important part is that the icing still has to be white. If it starts to turn yellow the cookies were in too long!

Now store your cookies in a closed environment e.g. a cookie jar or plastic bags. They are best if you leave them for a few days.

Enjoy!

Here my final results:

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