Nalbone Family Recipes

This recipe collection began as a way to back up my mother's recipe collection that she has collected in a black binder since the 1950's. Maggie and I are also adding recipes that we want to keep track of, so this will become our family go to location for storing and finding our recipes

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cookies, desserts

Christmas Stars

Newspaper Clippings in Mom's Black Book

Servings: 20

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Start to Finish Time: 30 minutes


  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 2 cups ground almonds, unblanched
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Beat egg whites until foamy, add cream of tartar, and gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until egg whites stand in stiff moist peaks. Set aside 1/2 cup of this mixture for topping.
  2. Add lemon rind. Stir in almonds. Pat down gently on lightly floured board to 1/4" thickness.
  3. Cut with star cookie cutter and place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
  4. To the reserved topping, add cinnamon and salt, stir in gently, and place a scant teaspoon of this mixture in the center of each star.
  5. Bake at 350 F for 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly tainted and done.
  6. Remove cookies with a spatula immediately as they come from the oven. They are very tender and have a tendency to stick as they cool.

Yield: 40 2 1/2" stars

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 128 Calories; 7g Fat (43.8% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 15g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 16mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Fruit; 1 Fat; 1 Other Carbohydrates.

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