The British Royal Family’s Christmas Cookie Recipe Is Cinnamon Perfection

Like many of us, the British Royal Family is serious about their holiday traditions. Each year, the majority of the royals gather at Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s Sandringham Estate — for holiday festivities that include everything from a Christmas lunch and dinner to an exchange of gag gifts and some hunting.

The royals might do things a tad differently than you might expect. The family exchanges their gifts on Christmas Eve, and on Christmas Day they attend church twice. They attend both a 9 a.m. private service and a public service at 11 a.m.

Though they have their traditions, the royals also very much look forward to the Christmas food and treats that are served each year. In fact, the royals’ traditional Christmas cookie sounds like a cinnamon delight.

Christmas Eve tea

The royals decorate the tree at Sandrigum on Christmas Eve and they cap off the decorating with some Christmas Eve tea. Former royal chef Darren McGrady explained the tea menu. He said, “It was always the chocolate Yule log, which was a twist on the chocolate birthday cake, scones, mince pies, different types of sandwiches and the Christmas cake.”

Christmas Eve Dinner

After the tea is served — which sounds like a meal in and of itself, the royals sit down for their full meal just before exchanging gifts. Dinner is served at 8:30 p.m. and is typically a black-tie affair. (We can see why Duchess Meghan Markle and Prince Harry opted for a more casual holiday this year.)

Former chef McGrady explained, “The buffet was when they brought out the whole spread. When I was there Harrods would always give them a whole foie gras en croute. They’d have a whole Stilton cheese. We’d take the top off, pitchfork the top and pour port into it. It made this gorgeous spread for the crackers. It was really opulent. There was also a big York ham that was decorated.”

Christmas Day lunch

On Christmas Day after church — the royals eat their next meal.  According to Royal expert Ingrid Seward, after Christmas lunch, the guests are taken on a brisk walk “to make room for more food,” tea and a “gargantuan iced cake” is served.

The British Royal Family just shared their traditional Christmas cookie recipe which you can whip up from the comfort of your own home.

The British Royal Family’s “Cinnamon Stars” Christmas cookie recipe

On the Royal Family’s Instagram page– they shared a video of their favorite “Cinnamon Stars” cookies. The video was captioned, “The Royal pastry chefs are excited to share their recipe for ‘Cinnamon Stars’ with you to enjoy over Christmas. #ARoyalChristmas.” It looks like you can even eat them well after the holidays. Buckingham Palace wrote, “To all our followers who have been asking, the Cinnamon Stars will keep in an airtight container for up to two months. Enjoy!”


  • 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


1. Blitz the mixed peel into a paste-like texture, set aside.

2. Whip the icing sugar, egg white with lemon juice into a soft peak meringue. Take 1/3 out and keep aside to top the dough with a thin layer later.

3. Add all remaining ingredients into the larger part of meringue and combine to a dough-like texture.

4. 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.

5. Remove paper from the top and spread a thin layer of meringue over the dough. Keep it as smooth as possible.

6. Rest the sheet of dough in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour.

7. Remove the dough from fridge and start cutting it into shapes with a knife or cutters. Be creative. Stars & 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.

8. 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 discolor. Cookie is baked when you are gently able to lift the edges of the paper. The center should still be soft and sticky.

9. Leave to cool for about 30 min before removing from tray.

10. Keep in an airtight container for up to 2 months.

11. Enjoy!