Spicy Christmas cookies - Etoiles au miel perfumé
After a long long silence back to food blogging. No, it wasn't triggered by a New Year's resolution, but simply by reading Meeta's blog and thinking "Hey I made cookies, there might be some left over, maybe I should give it a try". So last night I made the pictures but ouch no internet.
The zimtsternen as prepared by Meeta are one of my favourite cookies, I buy them each year. Many years ago a Swiss friend gave me the recipe and somehow mine never looked the way her's did or the way Meeta's look. So maybe this should be my resolution for this year - trying to make them again. My entry of course is not a recipe for zimtsterne, but honey perfumed stars.
A few years ago I bought a magazine with delicious looking Christmas cookies. However I never made it beyond my favourite one. And each year I say to myself that I should try to make the others, I buy ingredients, but no, somehow it just doesn't happen. As these are soo delicious it is not really a problem and I end up making large quantities. The mix of the spices (cinnamon, clove, coriander and anise) with the honey is soo good. The chilli gives it a final nice twist.
These stars are very easy to make, no decoration as I am lefthanded when it comes to decorating cookies. A good reason to buy the book written by Anita Chu: "Field Guide to Cookies: How to Identify and Bake Virtually Every Cookie Imaginable!".
If you think the cookie should have some decoration, the original recipe asks for almond slivers.
250 gr flour, 125 gr butter, 125 brown sugar, 100 gr of almond flour, 1 egg, 2 coffee spoons of baking powder, 100 gr honey, salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
cloves (in powder)
coriander (in powder)
anise (in powder)
Mix all ingredients. Make a ball, cover it in plastic foil and let it rest 2 hours in the refridgerator.
Remove the dough from the fridge and kneed it again. As you will have quite some dough divide it in smaller parts. Roll them out on a surface slightly covered with flour to avoid sticking. You can either roll them in between two sheets of foil or dust the roll with flour.
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C.
Make the stars and place them on the oven sheets covered with baking paper.
Bake them for 15 minutes in the oven
The amount of dough will give you some 60 stars.
The original recipe is from: Burda, Cuisine créative, Petits gateaux de Noël, hors série No7, Novembre 2005.