Almond Marzipan Cookie

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This is a delicious, traditional cookie that my grandmother made every Christmas. I have fond memories of my mother showing me how she made them, just like grandma.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
9 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
60
Yield:
5 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 pound butter

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup ice-cold water, or more as needed

  • 1 pound almond paste

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 egg white, beaten

  • 1 teaspoon water, or as needed

Directions

  1. Mash the butter into the flour in a mixing bowl with a pastry cutter or forks until it resembles small peas. Gradually add ice-cold water into the mixture, stirring lightly until the mixture is moist enough to form a ball. Place the pastry ball into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Mix almond paste, sugar, eggs, and almond extract in a separate bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate both mixtures 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease 2 baking sheets.

  3. Divide the pastry into 10 portions. Using a rolling pin, roll each portion into long strips measuring about 4x12 inches. Divide the almond paste mixture into 10 portions; use your hands to form each portion into a snake shape. Place each almond 'snake' into the center of each pastry strip. Fold the dough over and seal the seam, also closing the ends. A little water will help to hold the seal. Arrange the rolls seam side down onto the baking sheets. Cut slits into the rolls with scissors every 2 inches.

  4. Beat egg white and water together in a small bowl; brush over the pastry rolls to coat.

  5. Bake in preheated oven until lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Set aside to cool completely before slicing.

Cook's Note:

To make the dough, you can use a pastry blender, food processor, or the dough hook on your mixer. It is important to not handle the dough too much because it will cause the dough to become tough.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

148 Calories
9g Fat
17g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 60
Calories 148
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 47mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 2g
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 38mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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