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During December, homes and bakeries in Switzerland are filled with the aroma of classic cookies like these "Zimtsterne." —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup ground cinnamon


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and chocolate. Combine flour and cinnamon; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Wrap dough in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-in. star-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Chill and reroll scraps if desired.
  • Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 84 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 24mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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  • RS
    Dec 24, 2020

    I'm sorry, but I can't rate these cookies. I'm sure they're very good but they are NOT authentic. For one, it should have ground almonds substituting for the flour and if that's not possible, then FINELY GROUND ALMOND FLOUR. And the "true" recipe should not have butter at all. I've lived in Germany and the cookie is translated to CINNAMON stars. Not butter cinnamon Stars. Tahnee, I too made an account to review these cookies! I've made so many cookies in the past 45 years, these are simply Cinnamon Butter Stars. True Zimtsterne is made with entirely different ingredients. But I'm glad to hear they are a family favorite of Tarah's though! I may try them as I love cinnamon myself. Merry Christmas!

  • Tahnee
    Apr 4, 2020

    I made an account to review these cookies! I agree completely with Tarah! These are delicious, though they may not be completely authentic. The amount of cinnamon is correct and my family absolutely loved them! If you love cinnamon, you’ll dig these cookies! I dusted mine with powdered sugar like the other reviewer. Fabulous! A fun new cookie to try!

  • Tarah
    Dec 9, 2019

    These are delicious! Authentic? Maybe not. But they are one of my family's new favorite holiday cookie recipes after trying them last year. We used 1/3 cup of cinnamon as the recipe stated, and did not think it was too strong.

  • BakingBobbie
    Dec 1, 2017

    I made these as written. Too much cinnamon, it gave the cookie a bitter taste. 11 min in the oven were perfect for a soft cookie. I baked a second time using only 1 tsp cinnamon instead of the amount called for and used 2 tsp vanilla, 3 extra tbsp flour. A nicely sweet mildly chocolate flavor but I'll stick w/other recipes if I want a chocolate cookie.

  • Suzanni
    Dec 23, 2015

    Ok, when I initially read the recipe I thought, 1/3 cup cinnamon was way to much, however, having made these, I must say, they are delicious and 1/3 cup cinnamon is perfect! After mixing the cinnamon with the flour, begin incorporating into the creamed mixture, the smell is delightful and I know these cookies are going to be great! Ok, I have baked these cookies and they are wonderful, slightly sweet, can barely taste the cinnamon, will make these a Christmas yearly cookie! I dusted them with powered sugar. Note, do not bake over 11 minutes or they are hard, if you bake set exactly 11 minutes, they are soft and yummy!

  • kellyhorn5
    Dec 8, 2015

    People have asked if the 1/3 cup cinnamon is correct - it simply can't be. Other variations of zimtsterne call for 1-2 teaspoons. If you follow this recipe as-is, the results are pretty dreadful (no matter how much you might like cinnamon, that's just too much).

  • Rauenberg
    Dec 7, 2015

    First of all traditional Zimtsterne does not have chocolate in it. I should know I was born and raised in Germany. I would try finding a traditional recipe online.

  • AnnetteMai
    Dec 9, 2014

    No comment left

  • sandiz
    Dec 21, 2013

    Can anyone please verify that the 1/3 cup of cinnamon is correct?

  • cookinglite
    Dec 8, 2013

    is the 1/3 cup cinnamon correct?