Keto Christmas cookies – Let the German Zimtsterne open the season with a Greek twist
Keto Christmas cookies, cakes and all sorts of delicacies… Everything will be KETONISED on yet another Christmas table of Ketonians. If you are with us for more than 2 years, then you know that each year we have a 100% Keto Christmas table without even worrying about cheating.
This is because you can’t cheat on the types of food we prepare, but you can overeat. To avoid that, we always make sure all our dishes, desserts and starters have nutrient density. This is how you make sure you take the gourmet portions and yet feel the wonderful festive effect of winter holidays.
Keto Christmas baking season
We better start early enough. We need to make sure only the best ones will be chosen to shine on our festive table. It’s not just the Christmas day, throughout December, all people in the western civilisation start celebrating. But this tradition goes back to ancient times. In fact, it’s all connected with the winter solstice and you don’t actually have to be religious to feel the end of the year festivity spirit!
It all started with Winter solstice celebrations
Keto Christmas cookies could be the healthiest evolution of the winter cookie tradition in Europe. You know that all traditional versions, especially German ones, contain so much sugar that you could just explode from it. However, why do we make cookies for the winter celebration? People all around Europe, long before the actual Christmas, celebrated the winter solstice with a form of cookie or cake.
They would bake them from the best ingredients they could have to invite the Sun back on Earth. It was considered that the personification of his majesty the Sun (Helios in Greek) would just travel away during the winter.
The sun is life, we know that today
From the KMD point of view, we know how much sunlight and the warm days mean to us. It’s not just vitamin D, it’s a wonderful feeling that fills your body and soul once the sun touches your skin! So, to evoke that feeling, humans are baking different comfort foods and celebrating the day when the sun will gradually start coming back: The days will be longer and warmer, while the
Keto Christmas cookies – why are we starting with Zimtsterne?
“Zimtsterne” cookies are a legendary part of the Christmas and Advent offerings to visitors in Germany and other central European countries. The meaning of the word Zimstern could be translated as the cinnamon star. In fact, cinnamon and almonds taste great together as we know from many of our Keto Christmas cookies called Melomakarona.
“Zimtsterne cookies” are sometimes used as Christmas ornaments and they look very decorative due to white icing. The legend says that cinnamon and almonds were highly valuable and rare ingredients in central Europe in the 1600s. They had to be imported from warmer zones, and they were considered as food for royalty. This demonstrates why almonds and cinnamon are particularly connected with once-a-year holidays such as Christmas!
The Ketonisation process
These cookies could be Keto if you just substitute the sugar with Stevia or monk fruit! Even the original recipe doesn’t contain wheat flour which is ideal for ketonisation. But, if you have trouble with oxalates, then maybe you’ll have to find an alternative for almonds. However, if you restrict yourself to a couple of cookies, you will be more than fine.
We will make sure that the nutrition density meets the three postulates of Keto Mediterranean diet! This is how we make a revolutionary twist with these Keto Christmas cookies! So, let’s just get festive, creative but stay loyal to the land of Ketonia!!!