Grandmothers Cinnamon Stars for Christmas

Grandmothers Cinnamon Stars for Christmas

I can’t believe it is this time of the year again. Not too long ago I packed all my Christmas decoration away – it seems.  Well, I think Christmas is  the best time of the year. Beautiful childhood memories reminding me of the Christmas Holiday preparation.

 

Grandmothers Cinnamon Stars for Christmas

 Grandma’s Cinnamon Stars Were The Best

Just the smell of freshly baked cinnamon stars reminds me of my Grandmother baking during the Holidays.  There was something magical to it.  I was fortunate to have spent a lot of time with my Grandma watching her baking Christmas cookies,  that is cinnamon stars in particular.  I was just 7 or 8 years old,  probably too young to understand the relevance and importance of a recipe.  However, what I do remember is she never had one.

Grandmothers Cinnamon Stars for Christmas

Not even a scale she had.  Now – remember this is in Germany where we only work with grams and kilo.  We don’t even work with cup measurements.  However,  today it is simply unthinkable not having a scale – nonetheless a recipe.  Even to this day – not even my Mother  – could really tell what the exact ingredients were.  That is,  for my favorite “cinnamon stars”,  next to many other cookies, cakes, roasts and other good Grandma delicatessen.  Although she did emphasized that lots of butter is always a good thing. And she was right,  just as Julia Child said,  butter is flavor.

Grandmothers Cinnamon Stars for Christmas

 One thing is sure,  the flavor of these Christmas cookies were incredible.  To be quite honest there are probably better cookie recipes out there,  but you know when Grandma baked them – no one could do it better.  Regardless of what she cooked or baked it was just simply incredible.  I guess most of us have these fond memories of our Grand parents in particular when it comes to the Holidays.

Grandmothers Cinnamon Stars for Christmas

So now you know that I didn’t inherit a recipe for my cookies,  yet I did my best to make it as close as possible to Grandma’s cinnamon stars.  What I did inherit was an old  German cookbook from 1889,  which is awesome. Unfortunately the cinnamon stars were not listed,  but similar recipes were.  I hope I gave you some inspiration to bake some of your favorite Grandma’s Holiday cookies.  Happy Holidays

Cinnamon Star Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: German
Serves: 40 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup / 225 g butter
  • ½ cup / 120 g sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 4-5 drops bitter almond essence
  • 2 cup / 250 g flour, sifted
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup / 150 g almonds, roasted & ground
  • 1 cup / 125 g powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. With a speed mixer whip butter and sugar until creamy.
  2. Add vanilla and bitter almond essences.
  3. In a separate bowl mix all other ingredients together.
  4. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients into the butter mixture.
  5. Don’t over mix.
  6. Place dough on a with flour dusted surface.
  7. Quickly knead dough to a shape of a ball.
  8. Roll out dough about ¼ inch / 7mm thick and cut out stars.
  9. Place cinnamon stars on a greased and floured baking tray.
  10. Bake in 350 degree Fahrenheit / 175 degree Celsius preheated oven until the edges are slightly turning golden brown (about 12-14 minutes)
  11. While the cinnamon stars are still hot place them in a bowl with powdered sugar. Turn cookies once or twice in the sugar and let cool out on a rack.
  12. When cookies are cool sprinkle with more powdered sugar. That’s best done with an icing sugar shaker. Store in an airtight container.
Notes
Bake cinnamon stars longer if you like them crispy. For a more chewy consistency bake less. Tip: Remove dough before it forms a ball. At this time the dough is very light and fluffy. On the table mold dough into a ball and gently roll it down to a ¼ inch height. Follow instructions above. I like to split up the dough and put half in the refrigerator, while I roll out the other half. Always make sure that surface is dusted with flour. Turn dough often while rolling out and dust with flour again. This will assure that the dough is not sticking to surface.

 

What are your favorite Holiday cookies?

Do you remember any of your Grandma’s recipes?

 

Grandmothers Cinnamon Stars for Christmas
Grandmothers Cinnamon Stars for Christmas

Comments

  1. Lovely memories, Frank. I also have great memories of watching my grandmother cook in her large farmhouse litchen with the roaring fire in the coal range. Christmas is a very special time.
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  2. Iris Kraemer says:

    You are right! Baking Christmas cookies with Grandma and Mum was always a tradition. Christmas is a special occasion for the entire family to get together, too bad you are not here!
    But I will definitely try this recipe!

  3. Hi Frank! Did you see my post for this week? You and I are on the same page–I’m featuring my mother’s recipe for Sugar Cookies that was a holiday tradition in our home. I will look forward to trying your Grandmother’s recipe!
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  4. Such a nice post! I love food memories – they stick with you your entire life, don’t they? And such a great cookie to remember! Anything with cinnamon gets my vote, and I know I’d really enjoy the almond flavor in these. Good stuff – thanks.

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