I know it is a bit early for Christmas cookie baking.  But who says I can’t have Christmas biscuits all year round anyway!?  I bought a Swiss biscuits recipe book from Bergli – an English bookstore in Basel.  So I had to try out my favourite – Zimtsterne (cinnamon stars). They were a huge success and really quite easy.  The ingredients consist of egg whites, icing sugar, kirsch, ground almonds and of course, cinnamon. They must be star shaped though, who knows why!?  Notice, no butter or fats! (a gluten free recipe too, i think, Louise!).  Here is the recipe.

Other beautiful Christmas cookies include Brunsli (made with chocolate and almonds) and Chräbeli (Aniseed), Mailanderli and Spitzbuben (translated as naughty boys).  So so good.  And then there are all the beautiful spicy bready cakey thingis, like Lebkuchen and Magenbrot…  I think the chocolate index might be lagging a bit while I fill up on biscuits…

Some girlfriends are coming over tomorrow and all bringing a cookie dough, so we will be baking up a big biscuit storm.  Will post some photos later…

11 Responses to “Zimtsterne”

  1. 1 Louise

    Oh yum, thank you for the recipe! How did you get your icing on the top to look so perfect?
    Sounds like you are going to have fun tomorrow, that is such a cool idea which I have shared with friends here but none are keen.
    Will be looking forward to photos (and more recipes?).
    Love Louise

  2. 2 Crina

    Hi Mich, mum here (and Corina)
    We really enjoyed your cornflakes and Zimtsterne postings. You’re a pro – I’ve never made such perfect looking Zimtsterne!! Well done.
    Life is so exciting for you all. All these great new experiences for the boys.
    We have different successes here – like Giselle just doing a poo on the potty…. Anyway.
    Lucas is very cute and doing extremely well. So is Corina. She is amazing – like she never gave birth only two days ago!
    Thinking fo you and missing you. Love, Mum

  3. 3 Dad

    Thanks, Michelle, for allowing us through your blog to experience life in Switzerland with you and your family.
    I literally can smell your Zimtsterne and Brunsli. You musat have a pretty smart website…!

  4. 4 Jessica

    What book did you get that has such a great recipe? Those stars turned out beautiful! I am also looking forward to baking up a cookie storm soon. I bought a great little book too that I would recommend: http://www.swisstoryblog.com/2008/11/christmas-cookies.html

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