November 11, 2011

Marzipan Cookies

Are you familiar with marzipan?  I had never heard of it until a visit to Spain in 2007 at Christmas.  I bought marzipan on a whim a few months ago, and decided it time to finally make something with it.

I found recipes for some amazing sounding desserts, but after a long day at work, I wanted to make something with minimal effort such as cookies.  The recipe I decided on is suppose to be a lot fussier, but the version I made was delicious, so I'd recommend my quick and easy version :)

Marzipan Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes per batch

Ingredients (40 cookies)
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3.5 oz marzipan, cut in small pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Beat butter, marzipan, egg, sugar and extracts medium speed for 3 minutes until fluffy. Then on low, beat in flour, coconut and almonds just until blended
  • Roll dough into 1-inch balls (or use a small cookie scoop) and place on an ungreased baking sheet. If you prefer flatter cookies, slightly press down on each ball with the bottom of a glass (I sprayed the glass bottom with canola oil).
  • Bake for 10 minutes and remove to wire rack. Store in the freezer.
Recipe adapted from: Woman's Day
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The original recipe calls for pine nuts, which I've never bought in my life because they're so expensive, however pine nuts definitely would have been more authentic.  The marzipan treats we bought in Toledo, Spain were covered in pine nuts, as you can see in the photo below.

Toledo is famous for marzipan, and many marzipan creations can be viewed in store windows.  As I was looking through the photos from our trip to Spain just now, I'm grateful we had two digital cameras, and that they're organized in Picasa because they're very easy to share almost 4 years later.