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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Holiday "Corner View"






My husband and I had a whirlwind romance from the time we met until the day we got married which spanned exactly one year. We met at a church camp out and when I met him I had no intentions of getting married any time soon.  I had just had my heart broken and I wasn't interested in dating.  My husband had other intentions though.  He knew I was the one and told me right off the bat that he knew I was the one and he would be willing to give me as much time as I needed.  I didn't last long and 4 1/2 months later he flew me to Germany to meet his family and subsequently proposed to me in a field not to far from his house that over looked his village.  That was Christmas of 1996.  It was like a fairytale. We went to Heidelberg for our engagement dinner!  The streets were covered in snow. We walked around the castle and afterwards ate dinner at an Italian restaurant that is sadly no longer there.  One of the things I remember about that trip beside getting engaged to the man of my dreams was being introduced to Zimt Sterne an almond cinnamon star shaped cookie.  They are my favorite German cookies.  This year I made them for our first advent.  Super Simple to make.

Zimt Sterne Cookies
15 ounces of almond flour about 4 cups (you can make your own by grinding the nuts or you can purchase the flour.  I found mine at Trader Joe's)
3 egg whites
2 1/4 cups of powder sugar and some extra for rolling out the dough
Zest of one lemon
1 1/4 teaspoons of ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 250 degrees and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a mixing bowl whip up the egg whites until they make soft peaks.  Gently fold in powder sugar. Reserve 1 cup of this mixture for later usage and fold in almond flour, cinnamon, and lemon zest. Turn dough out onto lightly dusted with powder sugar parchment sheet or if you are like me I just turned it out onto my granite counter top.  Roll the dough out to be about a 1/4 inch thick. Then with a star shaped cookie cutter cut out the stars.  Place stars on the cooke sheet and paint the tops of each cookie with the remaining egg white that you set aside earlier.  Bake cookies for approximately 20 minutes or until cookies are done.  Enjoy!  Happy Holidays!

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20 comments:

Donna said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I also wish you Happy Holidays.

NC Sue said...

I bet the smell was delightful!
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abrianna said...

Those cookies look delicious.

Shauna said...

What a great story, I love it. So sweet and a romance in Germany, it could be a movie. :) Love,

Shauna xoxoxo

Francesca said...

so romantic!
my german grandmother would bake wonderful cookies for Christmas!

Susan Cook said...

Yummy cookies!

Happy Holidays :)

Heather said...

What a wonderful love story! And the cookies look delicious!

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Erica Sta said...

Thank you for the nice comment. I love Zimt-Cookies! Of course. It have tradition here in Bavaria. And I like your sweet lovestory.

Christina Morley said...

I'm glad your husband gave you the time you needed. He sounds like a romantic. I recognized those cookies! I lived in Germany for a total of 7 years during my childhood to teen years. I lived in Heidelberg for 4 of those years and loved it there. My older brother had a high school prom in the castle. I envied him that. We moved back to the States for my last two years of high school and my prom was not romantic or amazing. My dad was a JAG lawyer and we were stationed there. He still practices law for the military, but now as a civilian. He's now serving in Okinawa, Japan, and loves it there. Thanks for visiting my travel blog, 1camera1mom! Here's my Wordless Wednesday linky party:
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Kari said...

I might just try your recipe.

mine's up and imagine that - I'm talking about Germany too!!

bettyl-NZ said...

What a great story! The cookies sound wonderful.

♥ tinyWOOLF ♥ said...

incidently i encountered a zimt sterne recipe in a shop window last weekend. that was in aachen. i ended up at a x-mas market... umpffff. not really my cup of tea, or glühwein for that matter, but i did enjoy the german town.
you're telling us a sweet, sweet story, your own story, and i always love reading snippets from your german connexions.
i'll make sure to bake those cookies later this month. i have to now.
enjoy the holidays, i think they are starting officially, like right now!
n♥

you-wee because said...

You call them "Zimt Sterne Cookies"???
Zimtsterne - literally translated into "cinnamon stars" is of course a German word!
A peaceful Advent season, Kellyn!

CountryMouse said...

I love your story and those stars sound tasty. I might have to make some as they are something different.

Gunilla Bäck said...

I bet the smell was wonderful. Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Holidays!

Lisa Kerner said...

You have a great love story. I love to hear how people met and got married. And, thank you so much for posting this recipe. I miss German treats at Christmas time the most. So, I can make these, yay! ~Lisa at #LTTL

Stephanie Robinson said...

Those biscuits look great, and I bet they smelt fantastic. And there's nothing better than baking for your love x #LTTL

Holly said...

What a beautiful love story and yummy looking cookies.

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Wow, cookies look very appetizing.
Thank you for your visit and left a comment.
Greetings from Poland.
Lucia

Pamela said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. Your cookies look delicious! Happy New Year!