Traditional European Christmas foods – Zimtsterne Cookies, Germany

Zimtsterne cookies  Zimtsterne cookies are as much a traditional part of German Christmas celebrations as jolly old St Nick. Mainly consisting of ground almond and cinnamon, these cookies have a wonderfully warming Christmas smell. In the past, cinnamon was very expensive and almonds had to be imported so any foods containing both of these were only for very special occasions such as Christmas. Nowadays, if you visit anywhere in Germany during the festive period, you’ll no doubt smell these cooking and hopefully be offered one of these amazing creations. In our first look at delicious traditional European Christmas foods, I had a go at making these pretty cookies. I tweaked a recipe that I found on BBC Good Food. Ingredients 2 large egg whites 200g icing sugar 250g ground almond 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp lemon juice* *I didn’t have a lemon so used a teaspoon of freshly squeezed orange which worked just as well. Making the mixture Heat the oven to 150°c/ fan oven to 130°c. Once you’ve separated the eggs, pop the two egg whites in a large mixing bowl. Whisk until they go nice and fluffy. Add the lemon juice/ something acidic to help the egg whites to create soft peaks. To check this just gently lift your mixing blades out of the mixture and if ready,  it should leave little peaks. Slowly add in the icing sugar. (Don’t tip too much in […]

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