German Zimtsterne (cinnamon almond cookies)

Easy: 4 steps, 37 minutes

I always wanted to make these, and finally got the guts — oh boy, I wasn't really prepared for the amount of nitty-gritty with making these. I started with original German recipe that called for 500g of almonds, but that ended up being 2 full baking sheets and lots of sneaky snacking between steps ;-) But the result is good, and these cookies are worth the effort.

Original recipe is called literally cinnamon stars, but for the sake of sanity just do whatever shape you can work with, because this dough sticks a lot. I ended up pretty happy with making a roll of dough and slicing it into round slices.

Ingredients for 40 portions

  • Almonds: 250g
  • Powdered sugar: 150g
  • Honey: 1.5 spoons (23g)
  • Cinnamon: 1.5 teaspoons (8g)
  • 2x Egg (100g)
  • Powdered sugar: 100g

Step #1: Prepare cookie dough (10 minutes)

Beat 1 egg white, and when it's starting to foam, add honey and continue beating until soft peak stage (dropped bit of foam should partially dissolve in the whole mass).

Add ground almonds, cinnamon and 150g of powdered sugar and mix thoroughly.

Knead the dough until you can form a firm, stiff ball (it can be really sticky, so be prepared!).

Step #2: Cut and form cookies (10 minutes)

You can follow the traditional way and roll the dough into a 1cm-thick sheet, then cut out small star-shaped cookies.

Or, you can keep your sanity and just roll the dough into a long roll, and then slice it into 1cm-thick round slices.

Place cut cookies onto a baking sheet and preheat the oven to 150°C.

Step #3: Cover the cookies with royal icing (5 minutes)

Beat 1 remaining egg white and add 100g of powdered sugar when it starts to foam, spoon by spoon. You want to achieve a creamy, thick consistency.

Using a brush, ice each cookie generously with a thick coat of royal icing.

Step #4: Bake the cookies (12 minutes)

Bake the iced cookies in the oven heated to 150°C for 12 minutes, then let the cookies cool completely before serving.

Cookies must completely cool down before being handled or served, because royal icing requires some time to dry up.

Nutritional value of 1 portion (16g of 630g total)

Calories (kcal)
419.43 in 100g
2% GDA
Protein (g)
10.46 in 100g
3% GDA
Carbohydrates (g)
52.42 in 100g
3% GDA
Sugar (g)
43.45 in 100g
6% GDA
Fat (g)
21.04 in 100g
4% GDA
Saturated fat (g)
1.96 in 100g
1% GDA
Sodium (mg)
0.02 in 100g
0% GDA

The nutritional information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding proper nutrition.

Other great recipes

Find more recipes with

Low sodium
No fish
No peanuts
No shellfish
No soy
No wheat
Powdered sugar

Comment and share