Molded Marzipan Cookies

Today is father’s day, so I decided to make my dad some cookies.  His favorite dessert / candy has always been marzipan, and I’ve made him marzipan almost every year for Christmas.  Well this year for Father’s Day I decided to try making marzipan cookies instead of the usual chocolate covered marzipan I usually give him.  His take on the cookie I’ll have to find out tonight when I give them over, but so far I love him and decided I should share.

Molded Marzipan Cookies

  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tbls all purpose flour, plus more as needed
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus extra for rolling
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 8 ounces almond paste, broken into small pieces
  • 1 tsp water (or flavored water)
  • 1 egg white, gently beaten
  1. Combine flour and confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl. Add almond paste. Using your fingertips, work almond paste into flour and sugar until it resembles a coarse meal. Sprinkle in water and egg white. Knead until it forms a firm, smooth dough, 2-4 minutes. Gather into a flattened round, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate 10 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Generously dust a large, clean work space with confectioners’ sugar. Divide dough into two sections. Working on section at a time, roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness.
  3. Cut cookies into whatever shape you like (I used a shamrock cookie cutter because it’s the only one I have at the moment).  You can also use molds and create fun molded cookies.
  4. Place cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Then set baking sheets aside, uncovered, and let cookies dry (or “cure”) at least 3 hours.
  5. Heat oven to 300 degrees. Place baking sheet in center rack of oven and bake until edges have begun to color slightly, 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cookies cool and firm up for 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.  Once cookies have cooled the are ready.
  6. (optional) Because my father loves chocolate covered marzipan I coated the bottom of the cookies in chocolate as an extra step.  If you choose to cover your cookies in chocolate you will need to place them on wax paper and let the chocolate cool and harden before serving.

Happy Father’s Day daddy!