Homemade marzipan thins

Homemade marzipan thins

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins Plus setting time

Skill level



About 80

Sweet treats for friends and family

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info


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  • 200g pack ground almonds
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • few drops almond essence

For the icing

  • 175g royal icing mix
  • 2 - 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • small crystallised fruits, to decorate

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  1. Make the marzipan: mix the almonds and sugars until well combined. Add the egg and almond essence and mix to a stiff paste, using your hands to press the mixture together. Knead the marzipan briefly on a surface dusted with icing sugar, then roll out to a thickness of about 1cm.
  2. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment, then carefully set marzipan on top. Leave to set for 1 hr. Beat royal icing and lemon juice together, then spread evenly over the marzipan. Leave to dry overnight.
  3. Cut the iced marzipan with small cutters and press a piece of crystallised fruit into the centre of each. Pack into boxes interleaved with baking parchment.

Recipe from Good Food Vegetarian Christmas magazine, December 2006

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jmor18's picture

I made these as Christmas goodies this year, and following people's comments decided to cover them with chocolate. I have to say, they're fairly yummy, but I feel like the marzipan is missing something in terms of fruitiness to match my memory of other marzipan candy, like calissons.
Also, how did people cover them with chocolate? I decided to use animal shaped cookie cutters for mine, but if you follow the recipe and cover them with chocolate before cutting them, surely it makes it difficult for the cutter to get through the chocolate? And you're left with a load of random shaped bits?
I ended up cutting the marzipan into shapes, and re-rolling the leftovers, like for cookie dough, and then covering the individual bits with chocolate, but it was a bit more time consuming than just being able to spread the chocolate over the entire thing.
They look very cute though! I'm going to have difficulties giving them away...

kaalsam's picture

These look great but how long will they keep for?

hjmalpas's picture

I made these as a gift but I'm now worried as to how long they will keep due to the raw egg in them! Oops!!! I left them to dry for an hour then dipped half of them in dark chocolate and decorated with crystallised ginger and the rest I half dipped in white chocolate and decorated with dried cranberries. Now, having read the recipe for 'easy vanilla marzipan' I'm worried as it stresses the importance of leaving to dry for 24hrs-3 days!!!! Do you think I'll make the recipient ill?

katdixon2012's picture
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Marzipan had a great flavour but caster sugar was a bit grainy. Might be better with some caster, some icing sugar instead?

nelasmar's picture

Is there any substitute to the raw egg? Can we omit it?

hannah_somerville's picture

Oh these are adorable! Will definitely make over the Christmas period. Was wondering though, how long do they keep?

smoothiestar's picture
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It looks very nice!

amybelle's picture
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I only made the marzipan and didn't bother with the icing-went down well as my son cut the marzipan into Christmas shapes and gave it to his grandparents. Was very quick to make too!

nicbow's picture

I just made these star shaped topped with dark chocolate and (shop bought) mini white and milk chocolate stars, look gorgeous! Hi Laura, in answer to your question, the reason they need to be left in the air for an hour is to give the mixture a chance to harden a little so its easier to work with when you cut it.

spursrox's picture

Such a great idea! My Dad and I love Christmas cake covered in marzipan and icing....but without the christmas cake!! I know what I'm making for us this year!

laura-donovan's picture

do you have to leave the mixture out for 1hr?

ruthsteapotdesigns's picture

Hi there how long do these last... I have made something similar before and they lasted for a couple of weeks or more in an air tight container. Best eaten very soon after making though as they taste so much better...

frogsaver's picture

How long will these last? Would it be OK to make them now and store in a plastic box until Christmas Day?

granma's picture

My son ( 37) loves marzipan and I usually put a whole packet in his stocking. I shall make these instead but coat the top with chocolate instead of icing and top with glace cherries.

Love your magazine and use loads of ideas and recipes.


belbirch's picture

Great idea for an unusual Christmas present