German Cinnamon Star Cookies / Zimtsterne

Zimtsterne German Cinnamon Stars

The recipe for Zimtsterne begins at 1:39 of the video.

German Cinnamon Star Cookies / Zimtsterne

Recipe by Bake Across Europe Cuisine: GermanDifficulty: Beginner


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A German Christmas cookie made from egg whites, sugar, and ground almonds and flavored with cinnamon. This recipe is naturally gluten free.


  • Dough
  • 500 g ground almonds (4 1/2 cups)

  • 300 g powdered sugar (2 3/4 cups)

  • 2 egg whites

  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 2 tbsp almond liqueur, such as Amaretto

  • Glaze
  • 1 egg white

  • 125 g powdered sugar (heaping cup)


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the ground almonds, powdered sugar, and cinnamon.
  • Either by hand or with a mixer, mix in the egg whites and almond liqueur until a crumbly dough forms.
  • Using your hands, knead the dough until it becomes smooth. Cover and refrigerate while making the glaze.
  • For the glaze, beat 1 egg white until stiff peaks form. Then beat in the powdered sugar a little at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Roll out a section of the dough onto a surface lightly dusted with powdered sugar. Roll out the dough until it is 1 cm or 1/2 inch thick. Using a small 6 pointed star cookie cutter, cut out star shaped cookies.
  • With a pastry brush, brush each star with the glaze and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. The cookies can be placed pretty close together because they won’t spread during baking.
  • Bake in a 190C/375F preheated oven for 10-15 minutes. Be careful not to let the glaze brown. It should remain mostly white with some tinge of golden along the edges. Place on a rack to cool and enjoy when at room temperature. Guten appetit and frohe Weihnachten!

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