Christmas Stars, or julestjerner in Norwegian, are one of the many seven sorts Christmas cookies. It is essentially a butter biscuit or shortbread. It is custom to decorate with chopped almonds.

250 grams of sugar
2 eggs
375 grams of butter
650g of plain flour
1 teaspoon of hornsalt*

1 egg
chopped almonds

Half the sugar into two portions. Beat the two eggs with one of the sugar portions until the colour has whitened. Add in the butter and the rest of the sugar and beat until whitened again. Put in the flour and hornsalt and mix until a good dough forms.

Roll out the dough thin and use star cookie cutters to cut out the dough.  Put on a baking paper on a baking tray.

Beat egg and brush on a little over each cut dough shape. Sprinkle on the chopped almonds. The egg will help the nuts stick on the cookie.

Bake in the oven at 175 degree celsius for about 9 to 10 minutes or until lightly golden.

Serve on a platter with other seven sorts cookies or with coffee.

*Hornsalt is also called hartshorn salt. It is a raising agent that was especially used in early Norwegian cooking.

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