23 December 2011

In der Weihnachtsbäckerei.....

Cinnamon Stars - Zimtsterne - Kaneelsterren
 A German-Swiss holiday favorite - and one of mine too.... ☺

With Christmas not so far away (patience dust Thea, you need to wait one more day....)
you can find me in the Christmas Bakery, (now the alternative for my kitchen).
I was born and raised on the border of Germany, I have German family and friends,
and therefore I understand this language very well.
I love this beautiful country very much and not only for their delicious pastries and pies.
Because, apart from the fact that they have the best teddy bear shows of the whole world,
they also bake the best cinnamon cookies of the whole world!!!
It has become a tradition in our house to bake these stars at Christmas.

And when you bake these cookies you simply have to sing this German song: 
♪♫♪♪♫♪  " In der Weihnachtsbäckerei ♪♫♪♪♫♪

(in the Christmas Bakery)

From the remaining batter you can create these funny cookies.
Wrap them in a cute bag and give 'em to your neighbours, they will ♥ love you 4-ever ♥

And now over to this delicious recipe:
  • 2 2/3 cups finely ground almonds
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons lemon juice
  1. Stir together the almonds, cinnamon, and lemon zest until combined.
  2. Beat the egg whites and salt until soft peaks form. Slowly sift in the confectioner's sugar, continuing to beat until the mixture is stiff. Set aside 1/3 cup of the egg white mixture for the glaze. Fold in the almond mixture.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (170 degrees C). Line the cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a surface that has been sprinkled with confectioners' sugar. Using a 2 1/2-inch star cookie cutter, cut out the cookies and place them on the cookie sheets.
  5. To make the glaze, add the lemon juice to the reserved egg white mixture, stirring until smooth. Brush the tops of the cookies lightly with the glaze. (If the glaze starts to thicken, add a few more drops of lemon juice.)
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. When done, they will be light brown and soft in the center. 
  7. Remove and cool on wire racks.
Oh and if your are interested in this lovely German song, here you go.
Please note, I cannot stress this enough, this song it is at least 7 days in your head!!!
(...and sometimes even longer ☺...)
So go ahead and take the risk, I'm pretty sure that you'll love this as much as me.


Luna und Luzie said...

Ach ja, die Weihnachtsbäckerei ist ein echter Ohrwurm und dann noch das Lieblingslied unserer Kinder.
Ich bin gerade zufällig auf deinem schönen Blog geraten und werde mich hier gerne noch etwas aufhalten.
Schöne Weihnachtstage
wünscht dir

The Bear's Blog said...

Merry Christmas

Prudence & The Gang

Kays Kids said...

You are right the tune does stay in your head.
Merry Christmas.