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What Christmas cookies are you baking this year?

I will of course be making german christmas cookies known as Weihnachtsplaetzchen. Delectable little cookies, got loads of calories in but hey who cares.

If you love cinnamon, you will love my German cinnamon stars. Cinnamon stars are a classic German Christmas cookie and one of the favourite Weihnachtspl├Ątzchen. They are sweet, almondy with a heavenly aroma of cinnamon.

Make sure that you have a set of star shaped cookie cutters to hand. There are many beautiful cookie cutter sets available on ebay.

My children love cutting out the dough with the star shaped cookie cutters and I'm sure yours will too. German cinnamon stars make a perfect Christmas gift. Wrapped in cellophane and tied with a nice ribbon, they make the perfect gift for family and friends.

Anyway, now lets get down to the nitty gritty and start baking. Enjoy these cinnamon cookies this christmas.

500g ground almonds
5 egg whites
450g icing sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 dessert spoon of cherry water

Beat the egg whites until stiff and then carefully fold in the sieved icing sugar. Reserve about 4 heaped tablespoons of the egg white mixture as this will be used for the cookie topping later on.

Add the ground almonds, cinnamon and cherry water (you can replace with lemon juice if preferred) to the egg white mixture and mix well. Cover the dough and let it rest in the fridge for about an hour.

Now, sit down and relax with a nice cup of coffee.

Sprinkle your work surface or board with some sugar and roll out the dough to about 1cm thick. Now cut out stars with your star shaped cookie cutter and place them on a baking sheet.

You will now need the reserved meringue from earlier. Stir it so it becomes a smooth mix. Now brush the cookies with the topping.Leave the cookies to dry overnight at room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C. Place the cookies in the oven and bake for 5 minutes. Check the time as the cookies should remain soft inside and the topping white!

Store the cookies in an air-tight tin.

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It is a shame to think that people can't take the trouble to simply say thank you. I know when I have people over for dinner or to stay for the weekend I put a lot of work and effort into it. It is also nice to receive a thank you afterwards. You will find lots of thank you note examples on the site below to make saying thank you easier.


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