Recipe for German Cinnamon Cookies (Zimtsterne)

[featured photo – Zimtsterne byLiliana FuchsCreative Commons 2.0]

Hi everyone,

I am, unfortunately, a little bit late to the party but here is my part for the holiday recipe week for Anna’s blog parade: I decided to share my mom’s recipe for German cinnamon cookies, called Zimtsterne (literal: cinnamon stars) with you. They can be found in bakeries and at Christmas markets all over Germany and for me Christmas is not really happening without them. So I made an effort to bake at least a small batch this year as I am not going home for Christmas. In Germany, we like to bake using weights not cup measurements, so I tried my best to convert them but the recipe will probably still work out better if you use a kitchen scale and weigh all the ingredients.


Cinnamon Cookies:


320g powdered sugar (ca. 2 cups)
3 egg whites
1 pinch of salt
10g ground cinnamon
125g soft marzipan
250g unpeeled, ground almonds (2 cups)
Zimsterne backen by Franziska GeiserCreative Commons 2.0


1. Mix the powdered sugar with the egg whites and the salt and beat until the egg white is stiff. Set aside one third of this mixture for the frosting.
2. Mix all the remaining ingredients into the remaining egg whites into a dough, wrap it in cling wrap, and put it in the fridge for at least an hour.
3. Preheat the oven to approx. 340°F (170°C) and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
4. Roll out the dough between two sheets of baking paper and use a cookie cutter to cut out stars. Place the stars on the cookie sheets and cover them with the frosting. Bake the cookies for about 10 mins.
5. Let them cool for a while before putting them into a cookie tin or jar.
Cinnamon cookies
Zimtsterne by Liliana FuchsCreative Commons 2.0

Hope you enjoyed this recipe!


Don’t forget to check out the other contributions:

Monday: Tamara
Tuesday: Anna
Wednesday: Lena-Marie
Thursday: Michelle
Friday: me 🙂

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