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    Cinnamon Stars

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 25 minutes to 30 minutes
    • Total time: 40 minutes to 45 minutes 45 minutes

    Makes: about 30 stars

    Ingredients

    • 3 large egg whites
    • 250g icing sugar, sifted
    • 250g icing sugar, sifted, for dusting or icing
    • 2 tsp vanilla sugar, or a few drops of vanilla extract
    • A few drops of almond essence
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 400g ground almonds

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 130°/gas mark ½. Line a baking tray with a sheet of non-stick baking parchment.
    2. Using a hand-held whisk, on the highest setting, beat the egg whites until they are stiff. Fold the icing sugar into the egg whites, 1-2 tbsp at a time.
    3. Reserve 2 heaped tbsp of the egg white mixture for icing the stars. Then work the vanilla sugar or essence, almond essence, cinnamon and half the ground almonds, into the remaining egg white mixture, using the whisk on a low setting. Knead in enough of the remaining almonds to leave the dough fairly stiff. On a surface dusted with icing sugar, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 5 mm.
    4. Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut stars from the dough. Knead together any leftover dough, roll it out again and repeat until you have used it all. Place on the baking tray. Stir a couple of teaspoons of cold water into the reserved egg white mix, to loosen it, then brush over the stars. Bake for 25-30 minutes, then place on a wire rack to cool. Once cool, dust with icing sugar, or decorate with icing made by mixing sifted icing sugar with a little cold water.

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