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Zimtsterne (Cinnamon Star Cookies)

Zimtsterne (Cinnamon Stars) are classic German Christmas cookies made from ground nuts that are chewy and naturally gluten-free!
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Cookie
Cuisine: German
Keyword: Cinnamon Star Cookies, Zimtsterne
Servings: 40 cookies
Calories: 96kcal


  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 cups powdered sugar sieved plus more for rolling out
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 cup ground hazelnuts or almonds or a mix


  • Preheat oven to 280 degrees F (140 degrees C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites at high speed until stiff. Add powdered sugar and mix until combined and smooth. Set aside 1/3 cup of the meringue for glazing the cookies.
  • Switch to the paddle attachment and add vanilla extract, cinnamon, and 3/4 of the ground nuts. Beat until combined, then add as much of the remaining ground nuts so that the dough hardly sticks anymore.
  • Dust work surface generously with powdered sugar and roll out dough to 0.4 inches (1 cm) thickness. Dust top with powdered sugar if needed. Cut out stars, dip the cookie cutter in powdered sugar in between.
  • Transfer stars to the baking sheet and spread meringue on top of each cookie. Put a little bit in the middle of each cookie and spread it finely with a small knife or brush.
  • Bake cookies in the lower third of the oven for about 15 minutes. The meringue top needs to stay white, and the cookies should still be soft and look slightly wet on the bottom.
  • Pull cookie with the parchment paper onto a cooling rack and let cool completely.


Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg