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Catholic Recipe: Zimtstern


  • 6 eggs
  • 1 3/4 boxes powdered sugar
  • 2 tbls. cinnamon
  • 1 tbl. milk
  • 1 tsp. salt 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 5 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)


Prep Time: 30 minutes

Difficulty: • •

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:11+

Origin: Switzerland


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These star-shaped cookies hail from Switzerland and will quickly become a Christmas favorite in your home.


Separate eggs. Beat whites with powdered sugar, reserve a small amount of this for icing. Add baking powder to flour and then combine all ingredients. The dough will be quite stiff. Chill overnight. Roll on floured board to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut in star shape. Bake on greased sheet at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. They should be light in color. Remove from sheet and ice with reserved egg-white mixture. Put a red cinnamon drop in the center of each. This is a very old Swiss recipe.

Recipe Source: Holy Housewifery Cookbook by Ethel Marbach, Abbey Press, Saint Meinrad, Indiana, 1968