Today is the day: I’m going to introduce you to my absolute guilty pleasure when it comes to Christmas snacks. Say hello to these gorgeous cinnamon stars!
In Germany, where I grew up, they are a traditional sweet addition to any Christmas treats selection. They are widely available in store in the pre-Christmas time (which for some stores seems to start at the end of August, crazy!) and they were my all-time favourites right up until 2014. Yup, you guessed correct: right up until I decided to change my diet for the better.
In most commercially created cinnamon stars, dried egg whites are part of the recipe – I guess to hold them together better, as they are created completely flourless. But let’s be honest: that’s not really needed and they work out just as well without the addition of egg powder.
So here we are: Vegan Cinnamon Stars! Super easy and simple to create – and the ingredients are so few that you’re probably going to wonder why you haven’t stumbled across these before. Such a simple, yet delicious sweet treat!
For the cookies:
– 200g powdered sugar
– 2 Tbsp powdered cinnamon
– 8 Tbsp cold water
– 1 Tbsp lemon juice
– 150g ground almonds
– 200g ground hazelnuts
For the coating:
– powdered sugar
– a little water or soy milk
1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the cookies. The dough should be firm and a little sticky, but you should be able to handle it with your hands. If it’s appearing a little too wet, simply add in a little more powdered sugar.
2. Non a non-stick surface roll out the dough to about 1cm thickness. Ideally use a baking sheet or baking mat – or kitchen foil, so that you can easily remove the cut outs from the surface afterwards.
3. Use a small star shaped cookie cutter to cut out the stars. Gently place them on a separate baking sheet and let them dry for about 4 hours. This step is important, so that they firm up in their shape before being baked – if you skip this step, they might crumble.
4. Once the 4 hours have elapsed, place the cookies in the preheated oven at 250 degrees for 3-5 minutes. This is a hot and quick baking process. Keep an eye on the cookies to ensure not to burn the corners of the stars.
5. Place the stars on a cooling rack and prepare the coating by combining 5 Tbsp of powdered sugar with 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 water (or plant milk). Add in little drops of liquid whilst stirring until you get a smooth paste. If you run out of the coating, create a little more. The amount you need varies depending on how big your stars are and how many you cut out.
6. Gently coat the cookies by either dipping them into the coating mixture or piping the coating onto them (which often turns out as the neater option!
7. Place the cookies back onto the rack to dry the coating and once they’re completely dry you can transfer them into a cookie tin.
These homemade vegan cinnamon stars make the perfect Christmas gift! Who wouldn’t love to receive something so delicious and made with heart?