An old German family favorite. Meringue cookies made with almonds and spiced with cinnamon and lemon. A must for every Christmas!

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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and lightly flour cookie sheets.

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  • In a large bowl, whip egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually sprinkle in the sugar and keep whipping until the egg whites can hold a stiff peak, this will take about 5 minutes. Set aside about 1/2 cup of the egg whites. Add the lemon zest and cinnamon to the rest of the meringue, and fold in the almonds until everything is evenly blended.

  • Drop mounds by spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. Top each cookie with a smaller dollop of the reserved meringue.

  • Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Remove cookies from the baking sheets to cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts

66.3 calories; protein 2g 4% DV; carbohydrates 5.5g 2% DV; fat 4.5g 7% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 5.2mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
02/11/2009
I had the same problem with my Merengues not fluffing up until my mom (!) told me that letting the eggs warm up to room temperature (or close to it) makes all the difference. It works! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/16/2007
My comment is "I don't know what I have done wrong". The egg white never whips into stiff form. It is just liquid. I cannot put it onto the baking sheet b/c it is all liquid like milk. I whipped that eggwhite for over 10 mins and my ears almost fell off (the electric blender was too loud) but it was still like egg white. I bet it will taste good if I can bake it because the mixture taste good. Read More
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22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
02/10/2009
I had the same problem with my Merengues not fluffing up until my mom (!) told me that letting the eggs warm up to room temperature (or close to it) makes all the difference. It works! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2005
Hey what can I say these are so yummie. It takes time to get it going this is a recipie that you need to take slow and easy or you can get into a mess ( LOL ) I have also tried this recipie with pecans since I live in a town that over produces in pecans and it came out well (I just cooked the pecans in a butter and vanilla...yummie Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/05/2007
I just tried making this recipe (with a few revisions to suit what I had on hand) and I also had the problem of the whites not stiffening up. I looked it up in an old family Betty Crocker cookbook- make sure the egg whites are at room temperature before starting. I used mine right out of the fridge so I'm going to let it warm a bit and see if they'll whip up better. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/30/2009
I have yet to make this but I am curious as to when you cut the star shapes. Do you roll it out and cut it obviously before baking? TIA Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2010
I have made this recipe for years before seeing this exact recipe. Everyone LOVES these cookies and asks me to make them year after year for Christmas. I do not do the meringue on top... My recipe calls to chill the batter overnight then use as much confectioners sugar as necessary to roll out the sticky merigue batter and cut the star shapes... so the sugar mixes making a stiffer dough. It is very sticky and messy you will think there is no way to roll out and cut shapes add more confectioners sugar and work it in. Bake star shape exact same you could top with the meringue before baking I leave plain they are very sweet. As I said EVERYONE LOVES them. The do crack easily though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2011
So I made these for my cooking class when we did Germany and my teacher was in awe. He couldn't believe that their was no flower or baking soda or anything in them besides the few ingredients. Thanks so much for the amazing recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/15/2007
My comment is "I don't know what I have done wrong". The egg white never whips into stiff form. It is just liquid. I cannot put it onto the baking sheet b/c it is all liquid like milk. I whipped that eggwhite for over 10 mins and my ears almost fell off (the electric blender was too loud) but it was still like egg white. I bet it will taste good if I can bake it because the mixture taste good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2010
I have always been terrified by meringue's and swore I would never even attempt them but I couldn't bring myself to throw away spare egg whites so I thought I'd give this a go and I was amazed at how easy it was and so yummy! I can't wait to make another batch this is definitely going on my list of gluten free sweet treats. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/17/2007
The group I made these for absolutely loved them. I thought they needed to be sweeter and there was something about the texture that just did not appeal to me. I would make these again if requested or pass on the recipe but I myself was not too keen on them. (It's also a very expensive recipe to make with the high cost of almonds!) Read More
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