When I started my blog, I promised myself that every year I would post a recipe for Christmas cookies. Today, I chose a recipe from my daughter. It is nice when your children (no matter what age) start helping you with Christmas baking. 🙂
300 g ground almonds
200 g of powdered sugar
2 egg whites
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 vanilla sugar
50 g of powdered sugar for the work surface
For the topping:
100 g of powdered sugar
1 egg white
Mix ground almonds, powdered sugar and cinnamon. Add egg white and vanilla sugar and mix with a mixer. Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Then sprinkle the work surface with powdered sugar and roll out the dough to a thickness of 3-4 mm. Cut out stars from the dough and place them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. To prevent the dough from sticking to the cookie cutter, always dip it briefly in sugar.
For the frosting, beat powdered sugar and egg white until stiff. Apply the glaze to the surface of the stars with a knife, up to the tips.
Dry in a preheated oven at 120°C for about 40 minutes. Remove and let cool completely. Store in a tin box.
I like cinnamon. When I see small packages in the store, I always think of the big bags in which cinnamon (and other spices) are sold in the market in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka (historically known as Ceylon) is the original homeland of cinnamon, which is why it is sometimes called the “cinnamon island”. The Portuguese navigator Vasco de Gama brought cinnamon to Europe in 1502.
During our stay in Sri Lanka, we also visited the true Cinnamon Island. Cinnamon trees (Ceylon cinnamon) grow everywhere here – low, evergreen bushes or trees.
We also visited a house on the island where they showed us how to peel the bark from young branches. The young girl then crushed cinnamon into powder with a wooden stick. The cinnamon is dried in the sun afterwards.
If you ever go to Sri Lanka, visit the Cinnamon Island or any spice garden where they will surely show you the cinnamon tree. You might not recognize it yourself in the flood of green bushes and trees with various spices… And do not forget to bring cinnamon as a souvenir, which will come in handy for Christmas baking!
Text: © Copyright Ingrid, Travelpotpourri
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