Gluten-free Cinnamon Star Cookies #ChristmasWeek

by Helene Dsouza on December 9, 2013

Welcome to Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.

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As you have noticed above, I am participating in the multi-blogger event #ChristmasWeek. That means in the next days, I and my fellow colleagues will introduce you to some of the best Christmas goodies in the world. I hope you will be able to take something from the big collection of Christmas desserts, cakes, wonderful smelling cakes and gorgeous cookie ideas.

Cinnamon is definitely the most popular spice in central Europe, or so it seems. You will find it in sweet desserts and baked good but rather less in savory dishes, although in India it’s also commonly used in savory dishes. Anyway, cinnamon is the star especially during Christmas time and for that reason I thought it was about time that I share my Gluten-free Cinnamon star cookies.

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There is not much to tell about the cinnamon stars except that they are completely gluten-free and stuffed with aromatic flavors which will transport you into a Christmas mood if you aren’t yet. It’s just that you will have to try them out for yourself to understand what I mean. The recipe was given to me by my family. I tried to find out where it originated but it’s not very clear. What I know is that the Gluten-free Cinnamon cookies take a big importance in nowadays Christmas culture in Europe. In fact they are as common as the famous Vanillekipferl and Lebkuchen cookies.

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A while back I received a bottle of cherry schnapps as a gift form my friend in Germany. The most common use for Cherry schnapps is as a flavor enhancer in the well known Bavarian Black Forest Cake but I had another brilliant idea for it. According to me, cinnamon and cherry schnapps compliment each other perfectly, so I dropped some of the cherry schnapps alcohol into the Gluten-free Cinnamon Star cookies. This has been for sure one of the best flavor combinations that I have come up with, in fact I can’t imagine to bake gluten-free cinnamon star cookies again without the cherry schnapps. Of course I can imagine that some of you will have a hard time getting cherry schnapps so in that case you can just omit the alcohol. I am not sure if another schnapps or alcohol type would make sense instead of the cherry schnapps so that’s why I suggest to keep it out if there is no way for you to buy cherry schnapps.

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Gluten-free Cinnamon Star Cookies #ChristmasWeek
 
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Recipe type: Cookie
Cuisine: Europe
Serves: about 50 cookies
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Ingredients
For the Cookie dough
  • 200 grams Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 300 grams Almond flour
  • 2 Tablespoon Cherry Water
  • 1½ Teaspoon Cinnamon Powder
  • pinch Salt
for the Egg glaze
  • Eggwhite of 1 egg
  • 200 grams powdered Sugar
  • few drops of water (optional and only if the glaze is too thick)
Instructions
  1. Separate the egg whites from the yolk. Keep the egg yolks for another dish. Beat the Egg whites to a stiff consistency. Then continue to beat the eggs and add a batch at a time of powdered sugar until all the powdered sugar is added to the egg whites. The consistency should be a bit thicker at this point. Gluten-free Cinnamon Star Cookies #ChristmasWeek www.masalaherb.com Gluten-free Cinnamon Star Cookies #ChristmasWeek www.masalaherb.com
  2. Now add the almond flour, cherry water, cinnamon powder and pinch of salt and mix the whole content with a spoon. You will notice that the dough will get tough and sticky. Form the dough into a ball Gluten-free Cinnamon Star Cookies #ChristmasWeek www.masalaherb.com Gluten-free Cinnamon Star Cookies #ChristmasWeek www.masalaherb.com
  3. Spread a clean wrap on the working surface and wrap your dough into it. Let cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Gluten-free Cinnamon Star Cookies #ChristmasWeek www.masalaherb.com
  4. Before you take and roll out the dough, preheat the oven to 150 Celsius!
  5. First we will prepare the egg glaze by beating the egg white with the powdered sugar. Add a few drops of water if it is too thick.
  6. To roll out the dough place a baking sheet (butter paper) at the bottom and add some almond flour so that when you roll out the dough it won’t stick too much. Roll the dough out to a ½ centimeter thickness and cut out your stars with he cookie cutter. Gluten-free Cinnamon Star Cookies #ChristmasWeek www.masalaherb.com
  7. Place your stars on the baking sheet and with a fine brush spread the white sugar glaze equally. Gluten-free Cinnamon Star Cookies #ChristmasWeek www.masalaherb.com
  8. Bake at 150 Celsius for about 10 minutes. Once baked leave them out to cool before storing them in a airtight container or metal box. The cookies should be soft after they have cooled down.

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Visit all the other Christmas Week Peeps for more Holiday Baking Goodness:

Coconut Hot Chocolate and Chocolate Covered Spoons by Cravings of a Lunatic
Chocolate Shortbread Bars by Juanita’s Cocina
Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Frosted Sugar Cookies by Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
Peppermint Mocha Brownie Cookies by Chocolate Moosey
Holiday Pinwheels by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Cranberry Pistachio Eggnog Bark by See Aimee Cook
Chocolate Peppermint Donuts by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Cranberry-Orange Gin Fizz by The Messy Baker
Pokey Fudge by Ninja Baking
Vanilla Wafer Holiday Bark by Dizzy Busy and Hungry
Peanut Butter n’ Jelly Thumbprints by The Little Ferraro Kitchen
Buckeyes by My Catholic Kitchen
Coconut Cream Tres Leches Cake by The Dutch Baker’s Daughter
Gluten-free Cinnamon Star Cookies by Masala Herb
Nanny’s Pecan Pie by Food Lust People Love
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
My Mother-in-law’s Fudge by Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
Peppermint Brownie Pops by Home Cooking Memories
Chocolate Cherry Hazelnut Fudge by Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
Flourless Peanut Butter Nutella S’Mores by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Cranberry Yogurt Cookies by Mom’s Test Kitchen
Chocolate Pumpkin Bundt Cake by Liv Life
Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies by Try Anything Once Culinary
Peppermint Fudge by Like Mother Like Daughter

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Jen @JuanitasCocina

These are so beautiful, Helene! I’m going to share them with a GF friend!

Happy day #1!
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Helene Dsouza

thank you! :)
Happy day 1! =D

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John@Kitchen Riffs

This looks like a really terrific cookie! I love that it’s gluten-free — we’re fine with gluten, but have friends who aren’t, so it’s always good to have choices. Love the food styling on the photos! Really nice – thanks.
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Helene Dsouza

I see it the same way, it’s always good to have choice and nowadays many people have food restrictions due to health issues, so recipes like that do come handy. Happy to know that you see it the same way John! Cheers!

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Stacy

What a great idea to add the cherry schnapps, Helene! I’ll bet that did raise the flavor bar to a tasty height. Your little stars are just beautiful!
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Helene Dsouza

Thank you Stacy! =))

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The Ninja Baker

Now I know what to do with my cherry liqueur, Helene! Thank you. Your cookies look positively professional and such a bonus that they are gluten free! Yes, cinnamon is a star Christmas spice…Interesting to learn, too, that cinnamon is a savory star in India =)

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Helene Dsouza

lol! Do you guys have cherry liqueur in Japan? That would be interesting to learn. Thank you for your kind comment and I am happy to hear that I was able to share my knowledge.

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Oge @ healthy quick meals

These cookies look so pretty Helene! Would make a beautiful gift to gluten-free friends. Thanks for the recipe.
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Helene Dsouza

Thank you Oge =)
Definitely, I have been giving them already to some friends here and they adored the cookies.

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Lizzy (Good Things)

Helene, such fun getting ready for the festive season!
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Helene Dsouza

Absolutely Liz! ;)

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Krissy Brasslett

Christmas cookies brings back so many good memories. Yum!

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Helene Dsouza

I agree =D

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Aimee @ See Aimee Cook

Those are beautiful – and I love the photos as well!

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Helene Dsouza

Thanks Aimee

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Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry!

These look so yummy. And the photography is stunning. Love it!
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Helene Dsouza

Thank you Kristine!

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Kim Beaulieu

I cannot stop staring at these little beauties. They are gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining us for Christmas Week Helene. It’s a pleasure to have you with us.
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Helene Dsouza

Thank you so much Kim for your compliment and also for having me this week. I appreciate it. =)

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Samantha @FerraroKitchen

How adorable are these???? I think these would be perfect for Hanukkah too!!!
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Helene Dsouza

For sure, I never thought of it but you are right Samantha! =)

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Shannon | JustAsDelish

ya another gluten free recipe. what is this cookie called in europe? is there a german/french/austrian name?
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Helene Dsouza

We know them in German as Zimtsterne (Cinnamon stars) and in french it’s Etoiles à la Cannelle which is directly translated from German. :)

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Kim - Liv Life

With the promise of Christmas Spirit along with that fabulous cinnamon cookie, I’m totally making these!! My husband is having difficulty getting into the spirit this year, so maybe these will help. I’ve also got a fundraiser to bake for this weekend… these would be perfect!!!

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Helene Dsouza

Yeah my husband too felt the same way, was just not getting into the christmas mood but the cookies did the trick Kim. I wish you all the best and enjoy! =)

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Balvinder

Helene, I bet these are super duper delicious!
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Helene Dsouza

You are absolutely right Balvinder. =)

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Liz

These flavors are perfect for the holidays…and your cookies are glazed to perfection! Are these quite firm? I think they’d be lovely hung on the Christmas tree, though I’d be snacking on them WAY too much if they were in full view all day :)

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Helene Dsouza

Thank you Liz. Yes they are super firm and I believe you can hang them on the Christmas tree. Wish we could do that here, but I doubt, the cookies will attract insects and the humidity. ;)

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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

These cookies are so cute!! I bet they taste fantastic too.
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Helene Dsouza

hank you Maureen and yes they do taste fantastic =)

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Hezzi-D

So pretty. I can always use another gluten free cookie recipe! It’s hard to find a good one.

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Minnie@thelady8home

A friend of mine is looking for gluten free cookie recipes for Christmas, and this could not have come at a better time. The clicks looks so cute, and I love your kitchen :)
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Jennie @themessybakerblog

These are so pretty. I can’t wait to dabble in g-free recipes.

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Kitchen Belleicious

yeah they are GF! I can’t wait to try them!
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Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories)

How adorable! I’d love to add these to the list of treats I’ll be making for Christmas this year.
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Ramona

beautiful cookies… I love how you decorated them…. very pretty. :)
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Carla

Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices. I go through so many jars! Never made a cookie completely dedicated to it, so I can’t wait to try these.
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Alice F

If I won this machine, I would make this cookie recipe. I love the idea of gluten free eating!
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