Week 5 - Zimsterne Cookies

Zimtsterne History

The origin of Zimtsterne cookies (aka cinnamon star cookies) is relatively unknown, but the first mention dates back to 1538.

It took about two hundred years for star cookies to appear in German cookbooks. Do you wonder why?

Cinnamon was an expensive and rare spice at that time. Imported almonds were food for only royalty.

That is why both ingredients were associated with once-a-year baking around Christmas time.


For the Cookie Dough:

  • 175g Softened Unsalted Butter
  • 125g Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 100g Ground Almonds
  • 250g Plain Flour

For the Royal Icing:

  • 200g Icing Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg White
  • Several Drops of Lemon Juice


  1. To make the cookie dough, place softened butter, granulated sugar, and ground cinnamon in the bowl and mix. Add egg and ground almonds and mix again. Finally, add plain flour (use a flour sifter) and mix to combine. Remove the cookie dough from the bowl and form a ball.

  2. Roll the dough out with a rolling pin between two sheets of parchment paper (sprinkled with icing sugar) to the thickness of 0.4 inch/1 cm and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  3. To make the white royal icing, whisk the egg white with icing sugar and 3 - 4 drops of lemon juice if available you may find it easier using an electric mixer.

  4. Take the cookie dough out of the fridge and spread a thin layer of royal icing with a bent spatula. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or in the freezer for 15 minutes.

  5. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F/150 degrees C. Cut out cookie stars with a 2 inch/5 cm star-shaped cookie cutter or whatever shape you would like, remove cookies by pushing them underneath and arrange them on a baking sheet covered with the parchment.

  6. Bake cookies in the middle of the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes. They must be baked, but the royal icing must not color. Remove cookies from the oven and let them cool down on a wire rack.

  7. Don't forget to share your pictures on this weeks Facebook post.