German Star Cookies (Zimtsterne)

By Angelika Hanna

Zimtsterne as these star cookies are called in German are one of the classic German Christmas cookies.


Prep Time: 20 min + 30 min cooling time

Bake Time: 13 min

Total Time: 1 hr

Yield: Approx. 25-30 star cookies

Cuisine: German

Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food


  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 2/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 2/3 cups ground almonds
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger


  1. In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites until foamy.
  2. Add lemon juice and continue whisking using a hand or stand mixer until well combined.
  3. Add gradually the powdered sugar while whisking until the mixture stiffens up.
  4. In a separate small bowl, scoop out approx. 1/4 of the mixture and set aside. (This is for the icing topping)
  5. Add the almonds, cinnamon, ginger, and lemon zest to the egg white mixture in the large bowl.
  6. Mix until a stiff dough forms.
  7. With your hands, form a ball of the dough, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 30 min. to let flavors combine.
  8. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  9. Take your dough out of the fridge and let sit in room temperature for about 10 min or until it is soft enough to roll out.
  10. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  11. Line your work space area (table or kitchen counter) with a large sheet of parchment paper.
  12. When your dough has reached a workable softness, place it on your parchment lined work surface. Place another sheet of parchment paper on top of the dough. Roll out the dough in between the parchment papers. This way the dough won’t stick on your table/counter or rolling tool.
  13. Roll out approx. 1/4 inch thick.
  14. Using a star-shaped cookie cutter (approx. 2 inch size) cut out your cookie stars.
  15. Transfer them to the baking sheet.
  16. Spread the set aside egg white mixture on top of the star cookies.
  17. Bake for 12-14 min until the icing is set but still white in color.
  18. After you take your baking sheet out of the oven, let the cookies rest for a few minutes. Then, transfer them to a rack to cool off.
  19. Store them in an air tight container or tin.

Happy Holidays!

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