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Zimsterne supplies!

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Zimsterne supplies!

Hi,

I have a couple of questions that are a bit tricky for google!

Ill be spending a weekend in Berlin soon and I'd like to get a proper zimtsterne cookie cutter. How easily can I get one? I.e can I get one in a supermarket or does it have to be a specialised cook shop?

Next question: can I get whole ground almonds in Germany? We can only get the refined (blanched) stuff in UK.

Thanks

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1. Re: Zimsterne supplies!

Cookie cutters in all shapes can be found anywhere they sell household goods and kitchen stuff, for example at the department stores. Large supermarkets with household departments may also have them. You'll probable be too early for Christmas markets, but if not, there is also a good chance.

Since you said "weekend", remember that shops are closed on Sunday.

Edited: 1:29 pm, November 11, 2013
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2. Re: Zimsterne supplies!

Yes, in the months before Christmas you get cookie cutters in all shapes and sizes in every well stocked supermarket or household goods department. They are called "Ausstechformen".

Whole ground almonds you will find in the bakery supply corner of each supermarket - and many more things for Christmas cookies. They are called "gemahlene Mandeln"

Edited: 1:31 pm, November 11, 2013
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3. Re: Zimsterne supplies!

"in the months before Christmas you get cookie cutters in all shapes and sizes in every well stocked supermarket or household goods department."

Not exactly true as I could never find 5-pointed star cookie cutters which I had to purchase in the USA, but only the 6-pointed "Star of David" ones which are probably what the OP wants. We also used to go to the Porsche Museum to buy Porsche-shaped cookie cutters for gifts. We also have Schiller and Goethe cookie cutters, but have never found one that we really want for Wieland.

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4. Re: Zimsterne supplies!

ooops, I've got to admit I never counted the points of star cookie cutters.

Contact Wieland Museum for cookie cutters ;) and thanks for the Goethe cookie idea, a jar of them will make a nice present.

Edited: 1:59 pm, November 11, 2013
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5. Re: Zimsterne supplies!

**Checks supply of cookie cutters** Yes I own a five-pointed star one, as well as six-pointed ones in three sizes, a comet one, etcetera. Most of mine are many years old and I do not remember where I got them, though.

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6. Re: Zimsterne supplies!

There are also Zimtsterne with 7 points

http://www.br.de/themen/ratgeber/inhalt/rezepte/weihnachtsplatzerl/zimtsterne-rezept-bild100~_v-image512_-6a0b0d9618fb94fd9ee05a84a1099a13ec9d3321.jpg?version=3ed42

I think we can conclude, it doesn't matter how many points the star cookie cutter has, as long as it is a star.

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7. Re: Zimsterne supplies!

KaDeWe has a huge range of cutters. I was genuinely taken aback at some of the designs!

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8. Re: Zimsterne supplies!

You will find everything, from stars and moon and dinosaurs to cars and palm trees and all kinds of animals and worktools and Halloween figures and (since Harry Potter) witches and dragons...

My favorite one is a footprint, which I use to make "cheese feet" from a dough made with gorgonzola cheese. Imagine the smell, LOL! But they are tasty!

Making Christmas cookies is a popular activity for mothers and children. Hence the wide variety of designs! The cookies can then be decorated with icing, sugar pearls, chocolate bits, egg yolk, nuts, almonds or whatever.

Edited: 3:13 pm, November 11, 2013
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9. Re: Zimsterne supplies!

Cookie cutter? Ground almonds? Well, to find cheap cookie cutters, try places such as kik or similar bargain type shops. To get the best quality, try Kaufhof or the KaDeWe. But I doubt they'll have cookie cutters at many supermarkets.

There are whole ground almonds. So they look just like ground hazelnuts, and you always have to read what it is before buying them or before opening a bag.

By the way, they have very good "Zimtsterne" at Aldi, and they aren't expensive at all. I think EUR 1.79 if I'm not mistaken. So I'd just forget about all that cookie cutter business ;-)

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10. Re: Zimsterne supplies!

Arrrrgghh no. The prepacked discounter stuff does never compare to real fresh homemade treats.