Gluten-Free Hazelnut Cinnamon Stars

Time of year with so much focus on cookies, cakes and pies I imagine that it must be very frustrating for people with gluten allergies. I am thankful that I don’t have any allergy aversions however I have friends and family that do suffer from unfortunate conditions so I think it is important to find recipes that they can enjoy as well. So I wanted to share these amazingly cookies from my mother-in-law that are gluten-free. I love these cookies so much, they are light and addictive, and just perfect with a cup of tea. Just because you have an allergy doesn’t mean you should have wonderful Christmas cookies so make these special cookies for yourself or someone you love that has a gluten-allergy. But even if you don’t need to follow a gluten-free diet these cookies are a must try.

Hazelnut Cinnamon Stars

350g (1 1/2 c.) ground hazelnuts (or grind skinned hazelnuts as far as possible in a processor)
3 lg egg whites, at room temperature
250g (2 c.) icing sugar + extra for dusting
2 tsp cinnamon

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Gluten-Free Hazelnut Cake

I had the privilege of being a guest blogger for my old friend, Kimberly Schaub, a nutritionist and foodie who has an amazing blog called Peas on Moss. She writes nutrition articles for Livestrong, and has published an article about Chef Ethan Stowell’s Staple and Fancy Mercantile in the Washington Magazine, based in Spokane. Kimberly’s husband has celiac disease and they follow a Gluten-Free diet. I love reading her blog and hope that you enjoy it too. So take a look at my first guest blog where I share a recipe for a Hazelnut Cake that is Gluten-Free and delicious.