My favorite cinnamon stars recipe

This German recipe, originally called “Zimtsterne”, is my absolute favorite Xmas cookie. It only has 4 ingredients, but you get a taste of marzipan, merengue and macaroon, all in just one bite! The hardest thing is to stop eating once you’ve started, lol.

You can see the ingredients in the picture above.


  1. ground almonds in a food processor
  2. whip egg whites until stiff (add a pinch of salt to have the best effect)
  3. add powdered sugar and mix carefully until smooth
  4. set aside 1/3 of the meringue to use for topping
  5. add ground almonds and cinnamon to the 2/3 part of the meringue and mix till you have a sticky dough


Roll out the dough using flour both under and over the dough as it gets pretty sticky and is hard to handle otherwise. Please note that most alternative recipes say to use icing sugar for this purpose, but my experience is that it only makes the dough stick more)

Roll out dough to approx 5 mm and cut out stars with a cookie cutter of about 4 cm. Add them to the baking tray covered with greaseproof paper. When you have used up all the dough, use the leftover meringue to brush on top of the stars. This is sticky, messy and a bit tricky, but it’s also part of the fun and oh so worth it, believe me. As you can see below, my daughter of 9 years managed and loved to do it:)

Bake at 150 degrees c on the lowest level for about 13-15 minutes. The meringue on top should stay white and not start to color and the almond mix soft and chewy, just the way I like them.

Good luck! Please let me know how you like them if you try this recipe.

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