Zimtsterne – Swiss Christmas Cookies

December 14, 2011 in Uncategorized
Its this time of the year again that we all remember certain things from our childhood. For me it was always the incredible smells of my Granny who was Swiss baking mountains of Christmas cookies for 4 weeks before the actual day. My most favourite was always the Zimtsterne ( Cinnamon Stars) which I still bake today to give away as presents to family and friends.



Ingredients for
approximately 50 cookies (depending on the size of a single
cookie):
3 fresh egg whites
1 pinch of salt
250 g icing sugar sugar
1½ tbsp cinnamon
½ tbsp kirsch or lemon juice
350 g ground almonds
Preparation:
Stir white of egg and salt in a bowl until it is real stiff.
Add icing sugar, stir until ingredients are evenly distributed. Put ½ cup aside for the icing.
Add cinnamon, kirsch (or lemon juice) and almonds, knead to a soft dough.
Roll out dough on a flat surface (it should be slightly covered with sugar), approximately 7 mm thick.
Cut out stars or other shapes and put them on a baking sheet covered with baking paper.
Let them rest for about 5 to 6 hours or over night in a dry place.
Carefully paint the cookies with the frosting set aside in step 2. Bake
for about 3 to 5 minutes in the center of the pre-heated oven at 250 °C
.
Let cool completely before removing from the tray.

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