Cinnamon star cookies

Gluten-free cinnamon star cookies

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 18 minutes

Serves: 25

Cinnamon star cookies (Zimtsterne) are among the most popular and beloved traditional German Christmas cookies.

These cinnamon star cookies are made almost entirely of ground nuts. For this recipes I used almond flour. Traditionally almonds are used for these cookies but you could also combine with ground hazelnuts. They are naturally gluten-free and dairy-free and have a delicious white hard frosting made from sugar and egg white.

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Cinnamon star cookies

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 18 minutes
  • Total time: 38 minutes
  • Serves: 25


Cookie dough

  • 175 g almond flour, non-blanched
  • 50 g powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg white, medium


  • 1 egg white, medium
  • 50 g powdered sugar


  • 1)

    For the dough, beat the egg whites until half stiff. Then slowly add the sifted powdered sugar and keep beating until the egg whites are very stiff. Fold in the almond flour and cinnamon to make a homogeneous dough. Refrigerate dough in plastic wrap or a freezer bag for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight.

  • 2)

    Roll out dough on a work surface or baking mat lightly sprinkled with almonds until just under 1 cm thick. Cut out stars with cookie cutters. Dip the cutters repeatedly in cold water or powdered sugar so that the dough does not stick. Knead the rest of the dough and roll out again.

  • 3)

    Place the cinnamon stars on a baking tray lined with baking paper.

  • 4)

    Preheat the oven to 100 degrees Celsius.

  • 5)

    For the icing, beat the egg whites until stiff, adding the sifted powdered sugar towards the end and keep beating until the egg whites are quite firm. Carefully brush the stars with the icing using a brush. Alternatively, use toothpicks or fingers.

  • 6)

    Bake the cinnamon star cookies for about 18 minutes in the oven. They should remain white on top and should still be a little soft.


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