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Star-shaped cookies, winter holidays and friends--that's the perfect recipe for Christmas, with a nutty, zesty bite. Let's spend some time baking this traditional German delight with your kids, and you will discover how sweet the holidays can be!


Recipe Summary

45 mins
10 mins
10 mins
1 hr 5 mins
24 cookies


Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F; position rack in center of oven.

  • Using a mixer, beat together the egg whites and 1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar for 4 to 5 minutes or until soft peaks form.

  • Reserve 2 tablespoon into a small bowl for the icing used later - combine only this portion with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Gently mix hazelnuts and cinnamon into remaining egg white mixture until combined.

  • On work surface, roll out dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper to 1/8 inch thickness. Using a 2-inch star cookie cutter, cut out 48 cookies, re-rolling scraps once.

  • Arrange cookies on 2 parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Using 1/2 inch round cookie cutter, cut out rounds in the center of half of the cookies (these will be tops of sandwich cookies).

  • Spread "icing"-like mixture on the top of the cookie (with the cut out) using a teaspoon.

  • Bake, in 2 batches, for about 10 minutes or until cookies are set. Let cool completely. Spoon Nutella® hazelnut spread into piping bag fitted with small round tip. Pipe 1 teaspoon Nutella® hazelnut spread onto half of the cookies (without round cut outs).

  • Dust remaining cookies with remaining confectioners' sugar; place over Nutella® hazelnut spread on bottom halves of cookies.

Nutrition Facts

115 calories; protein 1.9g; carbohydrates 12g; fat 7g; sodium 7.2mg. Full Nutrition