Sunday, December 19, 2010

Mrs. Kekelia's Zimtsterne, German Christmas Cookie



Zimtsterne

Beautiful.
Tasty.

What more could you want?

Cinnamon Stars.


Zimtsterne

lightly grease 2 cookie sheets          
preheat oven to 325ยบ           
bake 15 to 18 min.

Grate and set aside
2 cups ( 2/3 lb.) unblanched almonds
(about 3 1/2 cups, grated)
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Beat until stiff peaks are formed
3 egg whites
Add gradually, beating constantly
1 cup confectioner's sugar
Beat egg white-sugar mixture for 5 minutes 
with mixer on medium speed.
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Blend in
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Set aside 1/2 cup of this meringue mixture.

Fold almonds into remaining meringue mixture.
Gently roll out 3/8 inch thick on cloth sprinkled 
with granulated sugar.
Lightly sprinkle the top of the dough with more sugar.
Cut out cookies with 2 to 2 1/2 inch cutter dipped
in confectioner's sugar.
Carefully place stars on cookie sheets.
Drop 1/2 teaspoon of the reserved meringue onto 
each cookie, drawing out onto points of the star.
Bake.

With a spatula immediately remove cookies to
cooling racks.

About 3 dozen cookies

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