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{homemade marzipan}

{homemade marzipan}

I love marzipan! It's the perfect holiday season treat!
During our last crafty Wednesday, my mom and I made some scrumptious marzipan truffles for this year's Christmas season. Yum!
They're so easy to make and even more delicious than store-bought marzipan!
{homemade marzipan}
What you'll need:
  • 200g (ca. 1 1/2 cups) almonds with skin (for a fresher taste)
  • 150g (ca. 1 1/4 cups) powdered sugar
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • some rose water (you can substitute with regular water or some yummy booze)
{homemade marzipan}
{homemade marzipan}
How to:
  1. Bring water to a boil, remove from heat and add the almonds.
  2. Let the almonds sit in the water for about 2-3 minutes and pour into a colander.
  3. Press the almonds between your thumb and index finger to peel.
  4. Dry almonds with a paper towel before grinding them in a food processor.
  5. Mix the almonds and powdered sugar with a couple teaspoons of rose water (or other liquid) and knead by hand. Add more liquid until the consistency is ready to roll into little balls.
  6. Roll the dough into little balls and roll into some unsweetened cocoa powder that you sift on a plate.
{homemade marzipan}

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33 Comments

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    ButterYum
    Tuesday December 6th, 2011 at 03:20 PM

    I've never thought about adding rose water… will give it a try.

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    Katie
    Tuesday December 6th, 2011 at 03:29 PM

    I can't wait to give this recipe a try! Your photographs are amazing! Sharing this on my facebook fan page!

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    Annika
    Tuesday December 6th, 2011 at 04:22 PM

    I made some of these last year, but that was with some left-over marzipan that had been lying in the pantry for a few months – I wanted to use it up before it expired… I am sure truffles made with homemade marzipan ar A LOT better! Yours look very yummy!

    P.S.: I see you have met Kim! :o)

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    A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
    Tuesday December 6th, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Oh these look so pretty and yummy!
    Jo-Anna

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    Cherished Bliss
    Tuesday December 6th, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    These look delicious! Your pictures are awesome too! Love the first one!

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    iram
    Wednesday December 7th, 2011 at 05:46 AM

    these sure look yummy ,thank you so much for sharing the recipe as i always wanted to learn it (the easy way)

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    Ashlee
    Wednesday December 7th, 2011 at 05:31 PM

    Came over from today's creative blog. I LOVE marzipan so I am definitely trying this!

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    eli
    Wednesday December 7th, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I love marzipan!!

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    Peggy
    Thursday December 8th, 2011 at 02:55 PM

    Thank you so very much! I knew I could count on your for a recipe for marzipan. It is one of many things I miss from my childhood in Germany. The other is a truly good Bratwurst and brotchen!! You wouldn't by any chance have a good recipe from a nicely crusted brotchen? All the ones I've found yield a soft crust…

    Once again thank you so very much!

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    Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE
    Thursday December 8th, 2011 at 06:43 PM

    Vanessa… you just got another STICKER!

    I'll be featuring you tomorrow during STICKER TIME!

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    Life In The Thrifty Lane
    Friday December 9th, 2011 at 04:17 PM

    Thanks you so much for sharing this! I LOOOVE Marzipan too!

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    Katherines Corner
    Friday December 9th, 2011 at 05:31 PM

    divine! xo

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    Siggy Spice
    Friday December 9th, 2011 at 05:32 PM

    LOVE this! Your newest follower has a couple questions…since I am into shortcuts (lol) do you think I could use the Almond Meal (ground almonds) from Trader Joes instead of grinding my own? If so, do you know how much I would use? Thanks so much!!

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    Ashlee
    Saturday December 10th, 2011 at 09:14 PM

    I made these, but had to third the recipe, since that’s all the almonds I had. So yummy! I want to dip some in dark chocolate now!

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    Danielle
    Sunday December 11th, 2011 at 07:15 AM

    So yummy! What a great treat! Thanks so much for linking up and sharing:>

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    Ashley
    Monday December 12th, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Hey Vanessa! I am featuring these yummies on my blog tonight! : ) Feel free to stop by and grab a button!

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    Cranberry Morning
    Monday December 12th, 2011 at 02:56 PM

    Nice work! Makes a beautiful gift! I think this is a great year to be making gifts, rather than maxing out the credit card. By the way, I buy almonds already ground (with skins) at Farm and Fleet. I don’t know if you have them where you live, but the bags of ground almonds are SO MUCH CHEAPER than whole or sliced almonds. LOVE marzipan. I’m definitely going to use this recipe. Thanks for posting it! :-) (Stop in and see my Florentines recipe today. I used ground almonds for those too.)

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    Kim
    Monday December 12th, 2011 at 03:37 PM

    Oh wow! Never figured this was such a simple process! Thanks so much for the tutorial, I’ll for sure give that one a go. I always think of marzipan (and fondant) as like playing with play-doe. It’s a great, easy way to make something look that much cuter.

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    Jill
    Monday December 12th, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    How Yummy!! I LOVE marzipan – but it’s not so popular over here in Australia. Maybe I need to try making my own!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    Cathy@My1929Charmer
    Friday December 16th, 2011 at 01:55 AM

    I didn’t know it was so easy either. I’m going to try this. You sure are a very well rounded girl! My my where did you get all your talents from? Thanks again for sharing at Sunday’s Best,

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    Tarsh Stroher
    Sunday December 18th, 2011 at 02:45 AM

    Mmm, these look absolutely delicious!! I’ve been a HUGE fan of marzipan since I first lived in Germany as a young girl, now in Australia it is so very difficult to come by, this is a PERFECT alternative!

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    Rachel @ Lines Across
    Monday December 19th, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    These look delicious! I love marzipan and I would love to make some. This is being featured this week at Lines Across. Thanks for sharing!
    Rachel
    http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/12/cure-for-common-monday-22.html

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    Chris
    Friday December 23rd, 2011 at 06:28 AM

    Hi Vanessa, I have loved marzipan since I was a kid and that’s a long time ago. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I usually buy my “almond paste” at the grocery store but I shall certainly try making yours. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

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    Jenna
    Friday December 30th, 2011 at 05:45 AM

    These look & sound wonderful! I must make these some day.

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    Misbah
    Sunday January 22nd, 2012 at 02:05 PM

    Hello vanessa. This sound like a very easy recepie and i love rose water in food :) I hope you dont mind I have shared your recepie on my FB Page with a link to you ofcourse.

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    Trish Wheeker
    Thursday March 29th, 2012 at 09:06 PM

    Thank you so much, one of favorites. I did 5 or 6 tsps. of almond extract for my liquid. I am going to try dipping them in some dark chocolate. A little remembrance of my days working for See’s Candy. I love marzipan.

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    Judy
    Friday October 25th, 2013 at 06:15 AM

    I know traditional marzipan is with almonds, but can other nuts be substituted?

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday October 26th, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      I haven’t tried making marzipan with any other nut but almonds. I have heard of pistachio marzipan before though, so you might want to give that a try. ;)
      Let me know how it works out.
      xo! Vanessa

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