"The royal pastry chefs are excited to share their recipe for 'Cinnamon Stars' with you to enjoy over Christmas, " the caption reads.
For those of you keen to have a festive day the Queen would sure approve of, the recipe is below.
The royal recipe for 'Cinnamon Stars'
- 360g Icing sugar
- 85g Egg white
- 20g Lemon Juice
- 300g Ground almonds
- 115g Mixed peel
- ½ Lemon, zested
- 12g Ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp Ground cloves
- Blitz the mixed peel into a paste-like texture, set aside.
- Whip the icing sugar, egg white with lemon juice into a soft peak meringue. Take a third out and keep aside to top the dough with a thin layer later.
- Add all remaining ingredients into the larger part of meringue and combine to a dough-like texture.
- Knead the dough together with your hands and flatted onto a baking paper lined baking tray. Placing a sheet of baking paper on top, roll it down to about 1cm thickness.
- Remove paper from the top and spread a thin layer of meringue over the dough. Keep it as smooth as possible.
- Rest the sheet of dough in the fridge for a minimum of one hour.
- Remove the dough from fridge and start cutting it into shapes with a knife or cutters. Be creative. Stars and diamond shapes work well. To use the cinnamon star cutter or round cutter, a bowl of hot water is required. Dip the cutter into the water first and in between cutting the shapes. This helps to release the cookie easily from the cutter.
- Bake in the oven at 160C fan for 12-15 minutes. Best is to bake with bottom heat only so that the top stays white and does not discolour. Cookie is baked when you are gently able to lift the edges of the paper. The centre should still be soft and sticky.
- Leave to cool for about 30 min before removing from tray.
- Keep in an airtight container for up to two months.
Now if you don't mind, we have some serious baking to crack on with.