Cinnamon Star Cookies, Glühwein and Christmas Markets

Every year they come back: the Christmas markets. And in a city you can be sure to find much more than only one. There are the one for children, for handcrafts, in Northern Germany they do Christmas markets in a maritime style and even Christmas markets for gay people – I confess I don’t know what the exact difference will be as I have never been to any.

The thing is: have you once been to a few of them they are all the same after a short time. A lot of food everywhere. Like fried mushrooms or sausages and French fries and of course sweets as much one can imagine: the famous Stollen (fruit cake) in Germany, fried sweet dough, sugary things and even gingerbread hearts as they are sold often on the Oktoberfest.

Nothing I can eat or would like to. But what I really like is the famous Glühwein or mulled wine. That is normally red wine with spices like cinnamon and gloves and orange. It is served hot, often in a huge mug with Christmas ornaments on. So everywhere you see a big bulk of chatty people around a stand there you can be sure they serve Glühwein. And in the often very wet and uncomfortable weather conditions of early and late December it’s a must-have warm-up!

As no edible offerings on these markets I love the handcrafts that came out especially in the last years. Beautiful ideas for Christmas, gifts for the beloved ones and real artwork as well. Wool, wood, glass, silver, ceramics.. all materials possible.

A highlight for children are also carousels, enchanted forests with figures of fairy tales and storytellers. Very often there are organized cookie bakings with small children.

I did such baking with a friend this weekend. I was at her home and we had a great afternoon together with her lovely mother. We prepared cookies with sugar and flour but also some cinnamon stars with almond flour and coconut sugar – for me as paleo eater.

And we had a lot of fun because my friend learnt a few new tricks in the baking kitchen, her mother confused the cookies and liked the healthy and ‘unhealthy’ ones equally and I learnt about typical German cookies for Christmas.

Here is the Cinnamon Stars recipe:

Cinnamon stars
Cinnamon Stars
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Servings Prep Time
80 stars 30 min
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
80 stars 30 min
Cook Time
30 minutes
Cinnamon stars
Cinnamon Stars
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
80 stars 30 min
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
80 stars 30 min
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Dry ingredients:
Wet ingredients:
Servings: stars
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and prepare the baking form with baking sheets.
  2. In a bowl put all the dry ingredients and mix them well.
  3. Now take the egg whites and beat them with a pinch of salt to whipped egg whites that it stays in the bowl also head over.
  4. Add the sugar to the egg whites and beat till it gets shiny.
  5. Add the dry ingredients into the egg whites slowly with a pastry scraper.
  6. Now put the ready dough on the table and roll the pastry until 1 cm thick. Take a star cookie cutter, cut the stars and put on the baking sheet. It may take a little while if you are alone. And for sure you will fill more than one baking form.
  7. Put the baking form in the oven and bake for around 30 minutes at 180°C.
Recipe Notes

When they get out of the oven they are very soft. Don't think there is something wrong you did. They will harden cooling out.

Now you can put some icing sugar on them. Or if you like dark chocolate. Or maybe an icing with color, some pink and green for Christmas?

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And here is the Hot Spicy Wine recipe:

Hot Spicy Wine
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Servings Prep Time
4 glasses 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 glasses 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Hot Spicy Wine
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Servings Prep Time
4 glasses 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 glasses 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: glasses
Instructions
  1. Poor the red wine into a saucepan. Add the sugar and cinnamon stick. Bring to boil and reduce heat immediately.
  2. Cut the orange in unequal halves and squeeze the bigger one into the red wine. Push the cloves into the smaller orange part's peel and put all into the saucepan.
  3. Let it simmer for around 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the hard ingredients and serve the wine in mugs.
Recipe Notes

If you would like the same for your children, take red juices instead of the wine. The taste is great as well and has no alcohol.

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One Response to Cinnamon Star Cookies, Glühwein and Christmas Markets

  1. don says:

    Well H, i will definitely try out the Gluhwein recipe. not too confident with the baking skills, might try.

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