06 June 2010

Cinnamon Stars - 'Zimtsterne'

Every family in Austria has their own recipe, which is carried from generation to generation. I got this recipe from a special person, who helped me a lot during difficult period in my life (war in Bosnia).
'Zimtsterne' are usually made for Christmas, along with dozens of other biscuits.

Biscuit dough:
1,5 cup soft butter
3 teas cinnamon, powder
1 egg
3 cups plain flour
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup almond meal
pinch of salt
Glaze:1 egg white
1/2-1 cup icing sugar

Make a soft, smooth dough from all ingredients, cover in plastic foil and let it rest for 20 min.
Preheat oven to 180*C, and prepare biscuit tins (use baking paper for best results).
Roll out the dough to 3mm thickness; with a star cutter make the shapes and place then in prepared tins. Bake for 10 minutes.
Make icing - mix egg white and icing sugar. Brush stars with icing while still warm. Let it dry.
More icing sugar in the glaze will result whiter icing.
These stars can last up to 1 month in a cool, dry place (biscuit tins are ideal for storage).

Zvijezde sa cimetom
Solja = 250 ml
1,5 solja putera, omeksalog
3 kasicice cimeta, prah
1 jaje
3 solje brasna
1 solja secera, sitnog
1 solja badema, mljevenih
prstohvat soli
1 bjelanjak
1/2 -1 solja secera u prahu
1. Umijesite glatko tijesto od svih navedenih sastojaka.
Ostavite odmarati 20-ak minuta, prekriveno prozirnom folijom.
2. Razvaljajte na debljinu od 3 mm, pa izvadite oblike zvijezda.
Ukljucite pecnicu i pripremite pleh za pecenje (ja uvijek koristim silikonski papir).
3. Prenesite zvijezde na pleh i stavite peci 10-ak minuta na 180*C.
4. Napravite glazuru, tako sto cete pomijesati bjelanjak i secer. Sto vise secera stavite glazura ce biti vise bijela, ali teza za nanosenje. Kuharska cetkica ce vam pomoci u ovome.
5. Dok su zvijezde jos tople nanesite glazuru i ostavite hladiti.
Uzivajte u mirisu i hrskavosti!


  1. I've heard of these cookies before and they always sound so good. I love how pretty yours look and with that cinnamon flavor, they probably taste fantastic.

  2. These look gorgeous, I love how shiny they are. I'm not sure by the way it is written, is the butter supposed to be 1.5 cups or 1/2 a cup? or something else?

  3. @ Katie Rose
    Thanks for your comment. For icing - it's meant to be 1/2 cup to 1 cup. Make consistency that you like. Less sugar = easier to spread, more sugar = whiter icing.


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