Cinnamon Stars are probably my favorite Christmas cookies of all time. My dad baked them when I was a child. There is nothing like the scent of cinnamon wafting through the house. We'd sit down for tea or coffee in the afternoon, light candles, and eat cookies. It's what made the Season so special for me, and it is something I love to pass on to my kids as well.
Also, forgive my terrible photography skills. I usually take pictures of plants and people. Food is a whole new endeavor!
5 cups almond flour 1.5 cups hazelnut meal 1/2 cup coconut sugar (if you like it sweeter, add more!) 2 tbsp cinnamon 5 egg whites
Preheat oven to 280F. Mix all dry ingredients together. Beat the egg whites until they are very stiff, and set aside about 5 or 6 tbsp for the glaze. Bit by bit, add the dry ingredients to the egg whites. Eventually I started using my hands, as the dough will get very thick. On the counter spread a layer of almond flour and roll out the dough to about the thickness of a pinky. (Yeah, I know, terrible measurement) Cut out the cookies and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. This is so much fun, and kids will love it!! Mix a little extra coconut sugar (I cheated and used organic raw sugar, because I wanted to) into the remaining egg whites. How much you put in there is really up to you and how sweet you like it. I put in a tbsp. With a brush, spread the egg white glaze on all the cookies. Bake the cookies around 35 minutes.
You can bake the cookies without the glaze, too. Then add a dark chocolate glaze instead. Whatever strikes your fancy.