Cinnamon stars (Zimtsterne) from Advent: Festive German Bakes to Celebrate the Coming of Christmas (page 114) by Anja Dunk

  • ground cinnamon
  • icing sugar
  • ground almonds
  • egg whites

Where’s the full recipe - why can I only see the ingredients?

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Notes about this recipe

  • laurenlangston on December 18, 2021

    I made this recipe as printed in the San Jose Mercury News, measuring by weight and using Bob’s Red Mill almond flour. It was a total mess. I ended up rolling dough into balls and pressing them down a little on the baking sheet so I’d have SOMETHING, but these did not go on the cookie tray this year.

  • AmberBee on December 17, 2021

    Agreed with Sarahkalabeek completely with this one! I tried almond flour too, but it was a gloopy mess with the measurements given. I even used the weight measurement. I added enough almond flour to make the dough firm enough to roll out. Not my favorite from the book either. I'll skip these next time.

  • sarahkalsbeek on December 06, 2021

    The recipe calls for ground almonds (almond flour) - since almond flour was in parentheses and that's what I had on hand, that's what I used. The amount of almond flour in grams was not ANYWHERE close to the measurement amount in cups (we're talking several cups difference). I'm guessing that's just because there can be so much variation in the grind size of nut flours? Anyway, I looked up other recipes online for zimtsterne and ended up going with the smaller amount of almond flour. Since I looked up other recipes, I noticed another big difference: traditionally, the egg white glaze is put on before baking, whereas this recipe has you put a royal icing glaze on top after baking/cooling. Long story short, since I've never had zimtsterne before I have no idea if they tasted how they were supposed to. They weren't my personal favorite, but my husband and six-year-old loved them! Edit: I enjoyed these cookies a lot more once they sat for a day or two.

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