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       Title: Cinnamon Stars
  Categories: Desserts, Cookies, German
       Yield: 4 Servings
  
       4    Egg whites
     1/4 ts Salt
   1 1/4 c  Powdered sugar
       5    To 6 cups finely ground
            -unblanched almonds with
            -skins
       2 ts Ground cinnamon
       1 tb Lemon juice
            Powdered sugar for rolling
  
   Beat the egg whites until frothy, add salt and continue beating to
   soft peaks.  Gradually sift in the sugar while continuing to beat
   until stiff and shiny.  Reserve 1 to 1 1/2 cups of the mixture for
   topping. Fold in 5 cups of almonds, the cinnamon and lemon juice to
   the remainder, adding more almonds if the dough is sticky.  Chill for
         5    minutes.
   
   Sift powdered sugar onto the rolling surface.  Roll the dough out to
   5/8 inch thickness.  Cut out cookies with a 2-inch star shapped
   cookie cutter dipped into powdered sugar to prevent sticking.  Place
   on parchment-lined cookie sheets.  Using fingers, spread the reserved
   egg white mixture over the top of each star just to the edge of the
   cookie. Let rest on the cookie sheets for 2 hours at room temperature.
   
   Bake in a 200 F oven for 30 to 35 minutes.  The top should remain
   white and the insides will be a bit sticky.  If the tops begin to
   brown, cover wth parchment paper.  Cool and store in airtight
   containers.
   
   Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
   
  
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